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Traffic stop of Chicago man near Indianapolis nets 2 pounds of meth

A traffic stop Wednesday afternoon of a pickup being driven by a Chicago man in central Indiana netted approximately 2 pounds of what police believe to be methamphetamine.

An Indiana State Police trooper stopped the 2006 Ford pickup about 4:45 p.m. on I-65 southbound about 40 miles north of Indianapolis for a traffic violation, according to a release from State Police.

The driver, 31-year-old Alejandro Martinez of Chicago, was found not to have a valid driver’s license, the release said. There was a female passenger in the pickup, as well.

As the trooper investigated, his K-0 partner “Bosco” alerted the trooper to possible drug activity.

A full search of the vehicle was made and approximately 2 pounds of what appeared to be methamphetamine was found in a child booster seat inside the truck, state police said.

Martinez was arrested and booked into the Clinton County Jail on charges of dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and never receiving an operator’s license.

Bond had not been set as of Thursday morning. Martinez’s passenger was released without charges.

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