Traffic stop on Toll Road results in arrest of one, significant drug seizure

 

Zhaoyao Luo

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s office has announced that a traffic stop along the Indiana Toll Road Tuesday, Feb. 11  resulted in a significant drug seizure.

Police report that during the afternoon hours Deputy Wade Wallace was working the Domestic Highway Enforcement (DHE) program along the Indiana Toll Road (I-80/90).  Shortly after 3 p.m. Deputy Wallace began traveling eastbound behind a passenger vehicle near the 53-mile marker.  While behind the vehicle, Deputy Wallace observed the driver committing several traffic violations.

Deputy Wallace initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle near the 56-mile marker.  The driver was later identified as Zhaoyao Luo, 31, of Sacramento, Cal.  Deputy Jon Samuelson and his K-9 partner Bosco arrived to assist Deputy Wallace.  A large quantity of an illegal drug was located soon after. 

 Luo was arrested for Dealing/Delivery of Marijuana (Level 5 Felony).  He remains housed in the La Porte County Jail, held on a $15,005.00 cash-only bond through La Porte County Superior Court I.

According to the sheriff’s office, DHE is a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program/initiative.  DHE is designed to disrupt the flow of drugs and weapons moving domestically.  DHE, funded by federal monies and administered by Indiana HIDTA, allows additional deputies to work criminal interdiction enforcement.

14 Responses to “Traffic stop on Toll Road results in arrest of one, significant drug seizure”

  1. Rob

    Feb 13. 2020

    Michigan and Illinois are legal. Indiana just spinning their wheels. I’ve seen acres of greenhouses growing the stuff in Michigan. The got a drop in the bucket.

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  2. Tim

    Feb 13. 2020

    Sell it and use the money to fix the roads.

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  3. Judge Roy Bean

    Feb 13. 2020

    Well one things for certain. We know this guy wasn’t driving a Smart car with all of that were.
    Hats off to the LP sheriff’s Dept.
    Well done.

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  4. Jim Malone

    Feb 13. 2020

    Rob… did you intentionally leave out the fact that states which allow dope to be smoked have seen dramatic increases in fatalities and injury crashes along with an increase in crime?

    Plus it is worth mentioning that marijuana is a gateway drug. In time, Illinois and Michigan will see an increase addition to cocaine, meth and heroin. ( yes, prescription abuse by doctors is too blame )

    The police don’t get to pick and choose what laws to enforce. Marijuana is illegal in Indiana so the police are doing what your tax dollars pay them for. Don’t like it? Run for the state legislature and change the law.

    Lastly, a heartfelt “job well done” to the street cops that made this arrest.

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  5. not not

    Feb 13. 2020

    Jim,

    Can you site the sources for all the facts you enlightened us with?

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    • F Nitti

      Feb 13. 2020

      not not… it is all open source information. Google “marijuana legal states crashes” … that’ll give you a plethora of media stories with those facts.

      And, I believe it was just a few days after Ellenoiz legalized weed when a weed store was burglarized. That is the future of this “harmless” drug.

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      • not not

        Feb 14. 2020

        F, Are you implying that burglary was not a thing in Illinois before marijuana was legalized?

        When googling “marijuana legal states crashes” an article comes up that says “Weed Not Connected to Car Accidents in Legal States,” thanks for the tip F Nitti!

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        • E. Ness

          Feb 14. 2020

          not not When I Googled those words the first four articles that popped up all had headlines that report significant increases in automobile crashes involving impaired drivers in the states that have legalized weed.

          Perhaps your Google was broke?

          Also, I think Mr. Nitti’s point was that there would be an increase in crime. The example used made that point, pretty clearly. Weed store opens, it is robbed. That would be an increase in crime. In fact, the thinking among those not impaired by marijuana is that due to the fact that weed sellers are primarily a cash business and they are wary of banks, they are going to be targeted more and more.

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  6. Tim

    Feb 14. 2020

    According to a recent article by the BBC : https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50494610
    “the majority of people who use marijuana do not go on to use other, “harder” substances.”
    In my own opinion alcohol is more of a gateway drug and certainly far more dangerous and destructive to society.

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    • Deb

      Feb 18. 2020

      I so agree Tim . Alcohol destroys . I know from experience not just opinion .How can so many people be in denial about this issue .Pot is NOT the gateway drug it truly is alcohol .Alcohol will destroy your body just like a hard drug can . Wake up America .

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  7. not not

    Feb 14. 2020

    Thank you for that article Tim.

    I think the majority of us have experienced the damage alcohol can cause in one way or another. I agree with you.

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  8. Bernie

    Feb 15. 2020

    Snopes?!? Seriously?!? That is like relying on Donald Trump for the truth!

    Dad always said don’t enter into a battle of wits with a person that is unarmed.

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  9. Mama Kidd

    Feb 18. 2020

    Indiana is the Alabama of the midwest. Recreational usage is legal in Illinois and Michigan, and on the ballot in Ohio. Kentucky is considering medical usage. Are we going to stick our heads in the sand? Shall we put up a wall around Indiana?Are we going to continue to believe the propaganda? Or shall we follow the science? Sugar is your gateway drug, then caffeine, then alcohol. Alcohol far more addictive, deadly and costly to society. Prohibition doesn’t work. Legalize it, tax it and fix our infrastructure.

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