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State police find 121 pounds of pot during traffic stop

Indiana State Police dog Axel poses in front of about 121 pounds of suspected marijuana found Thursday afternoon in a vehicle stopped in Portage along the Indiana Toll Road.


PORTAGE — Indiana State Police officers found nearly 121 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop Thursday, resulting in the arrest of two New York residents.

Around 12:31 p.m., officers pulled over a gray Dodge Avenger after the driver, Howard Montogomery, 46, Rochester, New York, allegedly committed several traffic violations will driving eastbound on the Indiana Toll Road.

While police spoke to Montgomery and his passenger, Danielle Ruise, 32 of Rochester, New York, they became suspicious of criminal activity.

A free-air sniff, which allows a police dog to sniff the area around the car, was conducted and state police K-9, Axel, gave a positive indication. After conducting a search, police found about 121 pounds of suspected marijuana in the trunk of the Dodge.

Montgomery and Ruise were both arrested and face preliminary charges of felony dealing marijuana. Montgomery and Ruise were both transported to the Porter County Jail. The state police were assisted by the Portage Police Department and Porter County Sheriff’s Department.


Porter County reporter

Joyce has been a reporter for more than 38 years, including 23 years with The Times. She covers municipal and school government in Valparaiso and Portage.