HENRY COUNTY, Ind. – A traffic stop on I-70 in Henry County Wednesday resulted in the seizure of 58 pounds of marijuana.
Around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, K-9 Sgt. James Goodwin with the Henry County Sheriff’s Department stopped a vehicle on eastbound I-70. Goodwin detected the strong odor of marijuana in the vehicle and asked the driver, Andrew Larkin, 25, Veneta, Ore., to step out.
Goodwin, who is part of a multi-county task force called Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement (PACE), contacted K-9 Deputy Nick Ernstes of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department to assist with the investigation. The deputies found Larkin was in possession of a loaded handgun that he kept in his front pants pocket.
During a search of the vehicle, the deputies recovered more than 45 large, vacuum-sealed bags of what police described as “high-grade” marijuana. Some bags also contained THC wax. Another bag contained two ounces of hash paste, police said.
Police estimated the value of the seized marijuana at $200,000.
Larkin was taken to the Henry County Jail on a charge of dealing marijuana.