Police: 30 pounds of marijuana found after trooper stopped man for speeding

Packages of marijuana sit on the hood of an Indiana State Police car after police found the drugs during a traffic stop Monday. A California man was arrested on several charges, police said.

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PORTAGE — A 24-year-old California man was arrested Monday after police found about 30 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle he was driving, according to a news release.

Jairo A. De Reuda Martinez, of Chino Hills, California, was stopped about 1 p.m. for speeding on Interstate 80 near Portage, Indiana State Police said.

De Reuda Martinez, who was driving a black 2011 Dodge Durango, appeared nervous, police said.

Portage police K-9 Nakir was called to the scene and indicated drugs might be in the vehicle. Police searched the Durango and found the marijuana in two large duffel bags, the release said.

Approximately 30 pounds of marijuana would have a street value between $24,000 and $36,000, Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez said.

De Reuda Martinez was arrested on suspicion of felony dealing in marijuana and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Recent arrests booked into Porter County Jail

Times local news editor Marc Chase contributed to this report.

This article originally ran on nwitimes.com.

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