PORTER | Authorities said an illegal immigrant residing in Michigan was arrested Sunday while driving to Chicago to pick up a large amount of marijuana.
A Porter County Sheriff's Department officer on a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area patrol stopped the westbound car on Interstate 94 at the 25 mile marker for a traffic infraction.
The officer said while speaking to the driver, his passenger, Marco Ramos-Munoz, 45, of Bangor, Mich., was acting strangely. Ramos-Munoz was asked to exit the car where he provided officers with a false identity. Police later searched the man and found a Mexican ID card with his true name, along with $3,821 cash in another pocket.
Police said the man, a fast food cook, said he was on his way to a casino, but officers said his story didn't gel with that of the driver.
Officers said the driver later reportedly admitted that Ramos-Munoz picks up drugs from Chicago and takes them back to Michigan where he sells them.
Police said they found marijuana underneath Ramos-Munoz's seat and arrested the man.
Ramos-Munoz reportedly told officers he is an illegal immigrant and waived his right to notify the Mexican Consulate of his arrest.
He was taken to Porter County Jail.