Gary cops seize 500 pounds of marijuana in traffic stop

2012-07-23T18:30:00Z 2012-07-23T19:25:06Z Gary cops seize 500 pounds of marijuana in traffic stop
July 23, 2012 6:30 pm

GARY | Gary police officers seized more than 500 pounds of marijuana from a white cargo van that made an illegal turn, police said.

At about 10:40 p.m. Friday, officers working traffic patrols on Cline Avenue saw a white cargo van turn south on the street without signaling, cutting off other cars in the process, Gary police Cpl. Gabrielle King said. The officers turned on their signals and followed the van, which did not immediately pull over, King said.

The driver, Omar Salvador Gonzalez-Gomez, 37, told police he had no drivers license and that an unknown person had paid him to drive the van, King said.

Smelling raw marijuana, the officers asked to check the back of the van, where they found stacks of rectangular plastic bundles — more than 500 pounds in total. After a drug-sniffing dog alerted on the odor, officers cut one of the bundles open. It tested positive for marijuana, King said.

Gonzalez-Gomez was arrested and charged with possession, King said.

Anyone with information should call Detective Willie McLemore at (219) 881-1214. !~ Paul Dailing, Times Correspondent

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