Texas men found with pot in car in Toll Road stop
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent June 5, 2012 1:52PM
Aurelio Guerra. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media
Earlier in the evening, the same officer working HIDTA patrol arrested Brian Davis, 34, of Cleveland, for felony possession of more than 5 pounds of marijuana. When Davis was stopped at about 5:05 p.m. for speeding on the eastbound Toll Road, marijuana was sitting in a cup holder of the bronze 2003 Cadillac sedan, police said. Another small amount of marijuana was in the center console, but the majority was in vacuum-sealed bags in the trunk. Questioned about these, Davis, who had a prior conviction for possession of marijuana, said he does not sell the drug but admitted he transports it.
Updated: July 7, 2012 8:42AM
PORTAGE — Police seized $7,300 cash during a Monday night traffic stop, in which two Texas men were arrested for possession of a small amount of marijuana.
A Porter County officer patrolling along the Indiana Toll Road saw the men’s car at about 7:35 p.m., going 89 mph in a 45-mph zone west of the Portage toll plaza. The officer smelled both raw and burnt marijuana when he stopped the gray 2012 Nissan Altima, according to the police report, and when he saw a white plastic bag in the center console — as the driver looked for the car’s rental agreement — the driver quickly slammed it shut.
The bag turned out to contain $7,300 in $100 bills that neither man could account for, police said. The driver, Ruben Trevino, 34, of Weslaco, Texas, told police it was his casino winnings, but he already had told the officer he won closer to $600, and he also had more than $1,000 cash in his pocket.
Trevino and his passenger, Aurelio Guerra, 45, also from Weslaco, both were arrested for possession of marijuana, although Trevino’s charge was a felony because of a prior conviction and Guerra’s was a misdemeanor.
The patrol in which the arrests and seizure were made was part of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area initiative.