Troopers Seize 5 Pounds of Marijuana During Traffic Stop

(CLARK CO.) – A traffic stop for an infraction ended with the arrest of both the driver and passenger on multiple charges after police seized approximately five pounds of marijuana.

On Saturday, March 7th, Indiana Senior Trooper Mark LaMaster stopped a black 2012 Mercedes-Benz on I-65 southbound for following too closely behind a semi-truck. He also observed that the car had a large crack in the windshield directly in front of the driver.

As Trooper LaMaster spoke with the driver and passenger, he observed criminal indicators and discovered the passenger had falsely identified himself.

ISP Senior Trooper Nathan Abbott arrived to assist a short time later. During the investigation, the Troopers discovered approximately five pounds of marijuana packaged in several plastic bags.  

Troopers arrested 20-year-old Mergen Batchuluun, of New Albany, on charges of dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and her passenger 21-year-old Chinguun Bishrel, of New Albany, on a charge of false identity. 

Both were transported to the Clark County Jail without further incident.