Traffic stop on Toll Road yields drug and currency seizure

Andre McCoy

For the second time this week, La Porte County Sheriff’s deputies working the Domestic Highway Enforcement (DHE) program made a significant arrest and seizure.

Early afternoon Wednesday Deputy Jon Samuelson was parked along the Indiana Toll Road (I-80/90) at the 48-mile marker, monitoring eastbound traffic. He observed a passenger vehicle traveling in the passing lane and noted there were no other vehicles around, nor any in the driving lane that the vehicle was overtaking or passing.

Samuelson began to travel eastbound and caught up to the vehicle near the 50-mile marker, where it was still traveling in the passing lane. He paced the vehicle and noted it was exceeding the posted speed limit. The vehicle abruptly changed lanes in front of Deputy Samuelson and, in doing so, committed a traffic infraction.

Samuelson initiated a traffic stop at the 52-mile marker and was able to identify the driver as Andre D. McCoy, 61, of Cleveland, Ohio. Deputy Wade Wallace arrived to assist. Deputy Samuelson deployed his K9 partner Bosco around the exterior of the vehicle for a free-air sniff search. K9 Bosco provided a positive alert along a specific area of the vehicle. Police said a  subsequent search of the vehicle yielded several packages commonly associated with the transportation of illegal narcotics. In addition, a large amount of currency was recovered from the vehicle.

McCoy was taken into custody and transported to the La Porte County Jail. Deputies transported the packages and currency to the Sheriff’s Office for processing and further examination. The packages were found to contain a substantial amount of cocaine.

McCoy was arrested and charged with Dealing in Cocaine, a Level 2 Felony. He is being held on a $50,005.00 cash-only bond.

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.

Assisting in the case were Deputy Andy Morse, Deputy Josh Smith, Deputy Ryan Elcock and Deputy Evan Doperalski.

Arrests and criminal charges are mere accusations. Every person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

One Response to “Traffic stop on Toll Road yields drug and currency seizure”

  1. Beaker

    Sep 10. 2020

    Ya know, most of these morons get busted for being … well, morons. I mean really. Most of these fools are behind bars for doing stupid stuff. Just a thought but maybe NOT speed, or change lanes without a turn signal, etc…
    Save time and gas money and just drive to the nearest jail and knock on the door. I’m sure they’d be happy to let you in.

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