Police confiscated more than $50,000 in cash on Tuesday, following a HIDTA
traffic stop on I-94.
into custody and charged with possession of marijuana were Jean Marie
Peek, 26, of Flint, Mich., and Yong Sok Padgett, 66, of Grand Blanc, Mich,
to police, on Tuesday afternoon VPD Officer Jason Hamilton was tasked to a
drug interdiction operation when he stopped Peek for speeding in the
westbound lanes of I-94 near Ind. 49. Peek was later found to be driving
on a suspended license, police said.
Peek and her passenger, Padgett, offered Hamilton inconsistent statements
regarding their travel plans and Chesterton Police Officer Erik Herbert
and his K-9 partner, Kahr, were dispatched to the scene, where Kahr
subsequently alerted to the vehicle, police said.
search of the vehicle located marijuana and over $56,000 in U.S. currency
hidden inside a pillow,” police said.
and Padgett were transported to the Porter County Jail and the currency
VPD, CPD, Portage Police Department, and Porter County Sheriff’s Police
all conduct drug interdiction operations along I-94 and the Indiana Toll
Road and have been doing so since late 2011, after Porter County joined
Lake County’s federal designated High Intensity Drug Traffiking Area.
The designation makes federal funds and resources available for targeted