Four Arrested For Drugs During Traffic Stop
What started as a routine traffic stop because of a seatbelt violation on U.S. Route 50 evolved into a drug-related arrest by Indiana State Police.
A state trooper stopped a 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo on eastbound at U.S. 50 in Lawrenceburg about 1:00 a.m. when he noticed the driver had no seat belt on. When the driver, Luther Ashcraft, 25, of Okeana, Ohio was searching for his vehicle registration, the trooper noticed a small baggie in the glovebox. He asked Ashcroft to hand him the baggie. The trooper saw that it contained an insignificant amount of marijuana. The smell of burning marijuana could also be detected in the car and on Ashcroft, and later more containers of marijuana were found inside the car. Ashcroft and his three passengers were removed from the vehicle. A thorough search revealed the presence of not only weed but Adderall, LSD, synthetic urine and drug paraphernalia also.
The passengers of the car face various charges including Class D Felonies like Possession of Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of LSD and Maintaining a Public Nuisance; Class A Misdemeanors like Possession of less than thirty grams Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Class B Misdemeanors like Visiting or Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Possession of a Substances that are Used to Interfere With Drug Screening.
The four individuals — all of Okeana, Ohio — were moved to the Dearborn County jail and will remain there until the court hearing or bail posting.