ISP: Traffic stop leads to confiscation of $3.5M worth of drugs

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HENDRICKS COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) – The Indiana State Police say a traffic stop Wednesday west of Indianapolis led to the recovery of $3.5 million worth of marijuana and vape cartridges filled with THC.

An ISP trooper made the stop in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 in Hendricks County because the suspect vehicle was following the car in front of it too closely, according to an ISP release.

While the trooper was talking with the driver and the passenger, he reportedly smelled marijuana "and observed criminal indicators."

The trooper searched the storage area of the box truck the two men were driving and allegedly found 250 pounds of marijuana and 50,000 vape cartridges containing THC. State police say the marijuana is worth about $2.5 million and the cartridges are worth another $1 million.

Danny J. Luttrell II and Brandon M. Pierson, both 27 and both of Indianapolis, were arrested on Level 5 felony charges of dealing marijuana.

Luttrell and Pierson were reportedly coming back to Indianapolis from Burbank, California.