Troopers from the Indiana State Police Toll Road Post arrested two men Wednesday for allegedly transporting approximately 35 pounds of marijuana as they were traveling from California to the East Coast in a rental truck.
According to Trooper Ted Bohner, at approximately 9:25 a.m. he was on routine patrol driving eastbound near the 114 mile marker when he observed a Penske rental truck commit a moving violation for which a traffic stop was initiated.
During his encounter with the driver, and based on his training and experience, he summoned the assistance of Trooper Nicholas Meade and his K-9 partner Sabre. Bohner said that Sabre made a positive alert and that he and Meade began to search the truck until they came upon a padlock on the back for which there was no key.
A search warrant was then applied for and obtained. During the execution of the search warrant in the locked area of the truck, three boxes were located which allegedly contained a total of 35 individually wrapped packages of marijuana. The driver, Robert Scott Baldwin, 60, of Santa Rosa, Calif., and his passenger, Jon-Michael Debettencourt, 32, of Oakland, Calif., were taken into custody without incident and incarcerated in the LaGrange County Jail.
Robert Scott Baldwin is charged with Dealing in Marijuana, More Than 10 Pounds, Possession of Marijuana, More Than 30 Grams, and Possession of Paraphernalia. Jon-Michael Debettencourt is being held on charges of Dealing in Marijuana, More Than 10 Pounds.