Traffic stop on I-70 leads to narcotics seizure and arrest

Indianapolis, IN- An Illinois man is facing felony drug charges after officers found suspected marijuana in the vehicle he was operating during a traffic stop in Indianapolis.

On May 18, 2016, an officer with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) conducted a traffic stop on a 2006 Nissan after it was observed failing to signal a lane change on I-70 Westbound at the 90 mile marker.

During the course of the traffic stop and while speaking to the driver, Fabian Vargas, 27, of Momence, Illinois, officers smelled the odor of marijuana emanating from the interior of the vehicle. An Indiana State Trooper deployed his K-9 partner on the vehicle that resulted in a positive alert. A search of the vehicle by officers resulted in nearly 100 pounds of suspected marijuana being seized with an estimated street value of $200,000.

Vargas was arrested for Dealing in Marijuana, level 5 felony and Possession of Marijuana, level 6 felony and transported to the Arrestee Processing Center.

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