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Seven pounds of pot seized in traffic stop

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Feb 11, 2013 at 12:51 PM

An Indiana man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized seven pounds of marijuana, worth nearly $32,000 following a traffic stop in Jackson County.

Troopers stopped a 2012 Nissan 4 door, with Minnesota registration, for a marked lanes violation on US 35, near milepost 9, at 11:43 p.m. Thursday. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed seven pounds of marijuana located in a backpack in the vehicle’s trunk.

Andrew P. Riggen, 27, of Garrett, Ind., was incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail, and charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

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