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ISP: Trucker charged with possession of marijuana

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A trucker was arrested on Monday on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia after he was stopped by a trooper checking for overweight rigs, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 12:05 p.m. Richard Leroy Goodwin, 49, of Three Oaks, Mich., was exiting eastbound I-94 at the Burns Harbor exit when a trooper stopped him after noticing that his tires were “pinched.”

Goodwin--hauling for Alco Transportation Inc. of Wayne, Mich.--produced a valid overweight permit. He was not, however, authorized to travel on I-94, police said.

During the traffic stop, the trooper detected a “strong odor” of burnt marijuana from Goodwin’s cabin and in a search of the rig found a quantity of marijuana less than 30 grams and paraphernalia, police said.

Goodwin’s flatbed was also found to be overweight on the trailer tandem axles by 5,800 pounds more than the allowed 34,000 pounds, police said.

Goodwin was transported to Porter County Jail. He was also cited and placed out of service for false log book, possession of drugs, and other violations, including overweight axles and permit violation, police said.

In addition, police said, the Department of Revenue was contacted and the permit pulled.

Goodwin was en route to Flatrock, Mich., from Portage.



Posted 3/25/2014