Traffic Stop Leads to Drug and Fraud Charges
On Sunday, just before 5 am Trooper Alaa Hamed stopped an Oldsmobile traveling west on I-80/94 near Indianapolis Boulevard. The vehicle was traveling in the center lane at a speed well below the posted speed limit of 55 m.p.h. The vehicle was also weaving and making unsafe lane movements as it traveled. Trooper Hamed made a traffic stop on the vehicle and subsequent investigation lead to a nervous acting driver. The driver, 23 year old Marcus R. Jester, from Missouri, gave varying statements as to where he was coming from, why he was nervous and how much alcoholic beverages he had consumed. The driver further stated that he didn’t know where he was driving from, but that he had just went there to visit friends. Through his experience and training, Trooper Hamed also detected the strong odor of raw marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. When asked if there was any marijuana in the vehicle, Mr. Jester stated that there was not. A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of several large bags of a substance that tested positive for marijuana. Also located in the vehicle were several bags of “edible marijuana snacks”. Additionally, a credit card skimmer was located along with several credit/debit cards with names on them other than the drivers. Four pills identified as Adderall, a schedule II-controlled substance were also located. Several cell phones as well as a laptop were also recovered.
Mr. Jester was transported to the Lake County Jail where he submitted to a certified breath test, the result of that test being .09% blood alcohol content.
Jester was then booked at the jail for:
Operating While Intoxicated with Prior
Dealing in Schedule II-Controlled Substance
Possession of a Card Skimming Device
Possession of Marijuana
Possession of a Controlled Substance
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