A traffic stop on Tuesday resulted in the discovery of 40 pounds of an
African-grown drug and the arrest of two Illinois residents on a charge of
dealing, the Indiana State Police said.
Derald T. Pike, 28, of Bolingbrook, Ill., and Walter T. Stevenson, 31, of
Chicago, were both charged with dealing a Schedule I drug, a Class B felony
punishable by a term of six to 20 years; and possession of a controlled
substance, a Class C felony punishable by a term of two to eight years.
According to police, at 2:10 p.m. Pike and Stevenson, his passenger, were
stopped at the 222 mile marker on I-65 in Jasper County—south of the
Winamac/Fair Oaks exit—for an unspecified traffic violation.
During the course of the traffic stop, troopers became “suspicious of
criminal activity” and during a walk-around of Pike’s vehicle K-9 partner
Ryker alerted to the trunk area, police said. On subsequent investigation,
the troopers found 40 pounds of khat wrapped in banana leaves, police said.
Khat is a flowering plant mostly grown in the Horn of Africa and users
typically chew it to achieve a “stimulant-euphoric” effect, police said.
Pike and Stevenson were transported to Jasper County Jail.