An Indiana State Trooper discovered 259 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop yesterday on the Indiana Toll Road.

Just after noon on November 3, 2021, Trooper Nikolos Anderson stopped a black 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck for a moving violation as it traveled eastbound in a construction zone near mile marker 120 on the Indiana Toll Road.  This is approximately one mile west of the Howe/LaGrange Exit.

During the traffic stop a free-air sniff was conducted by a K9 unit with the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Office.  A search of the Chevrolet was conducted after a positive alert by the K9 that resulted in the discovery of approximately 259 pounds of suspected marijuana.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Carlos Silva Rivas, 28 of White City, OR and the passenger, Margarito Alvarez, 41 of White City, OR were both arrested for Dealing Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana.  Rivas and Alvarez were both transported to the LaGrange County Jail.

*All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.