Altered temporary license plate leads to South Bend marijuana arrest

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

On Thursday, the South Bend Police Department received a call of a suspicious vehicle in the 2000 block of South Grant Street.

The assigned officer arrived and found the suspicious blue Chrysler Sebring parked and occupied as the complainant had stated.

The officer immediately noticed that the car had an altered temporary plate.

After a brief conversation with the "very evasive" occupant, 20-year-old South Bend resident John P. Spansail, the vehicle was impounded for the altered plate.

During the inventory search of the vehicle as part of the normal impound procedure, marijuana and the evidence of materials to cultivate marijuana plants were discovered in the trunk.

This evidence of suspected marijuana cultivation led officers to Spansail's home on State Road 2 in western St. Joseph County.

A consensual search of the residence was performed and officers located a marijuana growing operation in the basement area of the home.

Narcotics officers from the Metro Special Operations Section (MSOS) and Indiana State Police Narcotics Officers were summoned to collect the evidence of the operation and seize the plants.

Spansail was arrested for possession of marijuana, which is a felony.

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