Putnam County - A Colorado man is behind bars after a traffic stop on I-70 led to the discovery of over 70 pounds of marijuana.
On Wednesday morning at 10:39 A.M., an Indiana State Police trooper from the Putnamville Post, stopped a 2017 Toyota Avalon for speeding on E.B. I-70 near the 35 mile-marker.
During a conversation with the driver, the trooper developed information that led to a vehicle search.
One large duffle bag containing suspected packaged marijuana was located on the rear seat. In the trunk were three other large duffle bags containing additional suspected packaged marijuana and vials of suspected marijuana oil.
The driver, 21 year old Thomas Lee King of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was taken into custody and preliminarily charged with Possession of Marijuana over 10 lbs. (level 5 felony), Dealing Marijuana over 10 lbs. (level 5 felony); Possession of a Controlled Substance (felony) and Operating While Intoxicated- Refusal (Misdemeanor.)
King is being held at the Putnam County Jail.
All in all approximately 75 pounds of suspected marijuana, 300 vials of suspected marijuana oil and one suspected OxyContin narcotic pain killer tablet were seized, (see photos below.)
The estimated total street value of the marijuana is $337,000 and the estimated total street value of the marijuana oil is $16,500.
King was traveling from Colorado to Ohio.