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Traffic Stop Leads To Illegal Ginseng Possession Charges
Updated May 18, 2017 6:19 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(BLOOMFIELD) - A Loogootee man was cited into court after an Indiana State trooper found him with ginseng.

Monday evening just before 6 p.m., Trooper Caleb Garvin conducted a traffic stop at US 231 and Lamplite Lane about 4 miles south of Bloomfield.

During a conversation with the occupants of the vehicle, Trooper Garvin observed criminal indicators and was given consent to search the vehicle.

Trooper Garvin found a freshly dug ginseng root sitting in plain view in the back seat. He then found that the passenger in the vehicle, 20-year-old Caleb Hunter Truelove, had three more freshly dug ginseng roots.

Truelove was cited and summonsed to Greene County court for illegal possession of ginseng, a Class B misdemeanor.

The Indiana State Police wishes to remind citizens about safe harvesting practices. Without following the laws and limits set forth, there could be a significant loss to our natural resources around the state.

Assisting Trooper Garvin on the traffic stop was Deputy Anthony Pope with the Greene County Sheriff's Office.

Know the Law - From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources...

It is illegal to harvest wild ginseng out of season. A Class A misdemeanor.

  • To harvest legally, a ginseng plant must have: at least 3 prongs and a flowering or fruiting stalk, or at least 4 internodes on the rhizome. To harvest plants not meeting these criteria is a Class B infraction.
  • It is required that mature fruits and any seeds on the harvested ginseng be planted in the vicinity where the plant was dug and in a manner that encourages germination.
  • It is required that the entire stalk and leaves be retained with the plant until it is taken to the harvester's residence or place of business, unless the root has at least 4 internodes on the rhizome.
  • It is illegal to sell or remove mature fruits and seeds from the vicinity where the ginseng was taken.
  • It is illegal to buy, sell, or possess any ginseng out of season without written authorization from the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Law Enforcement. A Class B misdemeanor.
  • It is illegal to buy uncertified ginseng for resale without an Indiana Ginseng Dealer's License. A Class B misdemeanor.
  • Only certified ginseng can be sold to a buyer in another state. To export uncertified ginseng is a Class A misdemeanor.
  • Harvest ginseng only where it is permitted--digging on State property is not allowed; digging on private property without permission is theft; digging on other properties may require a permit.
  • Anyone violating these rules will be prosecuted.


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