ISP troopers seize $3.5M worth of drugs during traffic stop

Photos courtesy Indiana State Police

Luttrell (L) Pierson (R)

Photos courtesy Indiana State Police

HENDRICKS COUNTY, Ind. -- Indiana State Police seized $3.5 million worth of drugs during a traffic stop on I-70 Wednesday morning.

A trooper conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the eastbound lanes of I-70, near the 66 mile marker, for following too closely, reports said.

While speaking with the driver, 27-year-old Danny Luttrell, and his passenger, 27-year-old Brandon Pierson, the trooper observed several criminal indicators.

A search of the vehicle revealed Luttrell and Pierson were transporting 250 pounds of marijuana and 50,000 vape cartridges, according to ISP.

The items were located in the cargo storage area of the box truck.

Police said the street value of the marijuana is estimated at $2.5 million and the vape cartridges are estimated to be worth $1 million.

Luttrell and Pierson were returning to Indianapolis, from Burbank, California.

Lutrell was arrested on a preliminary charge of dealing marijuana.

Pierson was arrested on a preliminary charge of dealing marijuana.

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