Indiana State Police seize 1,275 pounds of marijuana worth $5-8 million

Photo courtesy Indiana State Police

Photo courtesy Indiana State Police

Photo courtesy Indiana State Police

Photo courtesy Indiana State Police

Photo courtesy Indiana State Police

Christopher Colburn


LAKE COUNTY, Ind. -- Indiana State Police seized approximately 1,275 pounds of marijuana following a traffic stop Tuesday morning.

A trooper was on I-65 near the Lowell exit when the officer stopped a vehicle for a moving violation.

A K-9 alerted on the vehicle and the van was searched, police said.

Inside the van, troopers found 38 large boxes wrapped in black plastic wrap and 6 black garbage bags, reports said.

Inside the boxes, police said they found 1,264 individually sealed bags weighing approximately 1.5 pounds each. The bags contained a green plant material that field tested positive for marijuana, police said.

The total amount of marijuana seized weighed approximately 1,275 pounds and is estimated to be valued at between $5.7 and 8.5 million.

The driver, 31-year-old Christopher Colburn of California, was taken into custody on preliminary charges of dealing marijuana and possession of marijuana with a prior conviction.

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