A routine traffic stop on the Indiana Toll Road Thursday led an inquisitive trooper to about 90 pounds of marijuana.
Just before 10 Thursday morning, Indiana State Police K-9 Trooper Nicholas Meade stopped a U-Haul rental truck for a traffic infraction near the Elkhart East exit. The driver of the vehicle, 39-year-old Kelly Sullivan, was taking the truck from his home state of Oregon to New York.
During the stop, the trooper grew suspicious of the man's story and ran his K-9 partner around the outside of the vehicle. They found a small amount of pot and drug paraphernalia in the passenger compartment, but couldn't continue their search because the rear door of the truck was locked. Sullivan, who said he didn't have a key, was arrested on drug charges and taken to the Elkhart County Jail, where he's being held on bond.
Meantime, another Oregon man who actually rented the truck, 36-year-old Brian Kraynik, called police and admitted to putting several pounds of marijuana in the back of the U-Haul without Sullivan knowing. When Kraynik turned himself in troopers found 13 boxes containing 90 pounds of pot in the locked portion of the truck.
Kraynick was charged with dealing and possessing marijuana, and is currently being held in the Elkhart County Jail.