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Man's nervousness during traffic stop leads to find of marijuana, edible snacks

A Missouri man was arrested by Indiana State Police after a traffic stop on Interstate 94 in Hammond. Police found baggies of marijuana and edible marijuana snacks and a credit card skimmer was located along with several credit/debit cards with names on them other than the drivers.

HAMMOND — A Missouri man was arrested Sunday afternoon on drug and fraud-related charges after police stopped him for weaving along Interstate 94.

Marcus R. Jester, 23, was allegedly driving his Oldsmobile westbound on the interstate near Indianapolis boulevard in the center lane well below posted speed limits, according to Indiana State Police. The car was also weaving and making unsafe lane movements.

When the Trooper began talking to Jester, he acted nervous according to police, giving varied statements as to where he was coming from, why he was nervous and how much alcohol he had consumed. The Trooper also detected a strong odor of raw marijuana.

A search of the car uncovered several large bags of marijuana, several bags of edible marijuana snacks, a credit card skimmer with several credit/debit cards with names on them other than the driver's and four pills identified as Adderall, a schedule II controlled substance.

Several cell phones as well as a laptop were also recovered.

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Jester was transported to the Lake County Jail where he submitted to a certified breath test, the result of that test being .09% blood alcohol content.

Jester was then booked at the jail for felony operating while intoxicated with prior, felony dealing in a schedule II controlled substance, felony possession of a card skimming device, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, misdemeanor dealing marijuana and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

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Porter County Reporter

Joyce has been a reporter for nearly 40 years, including 23 years with The Times. She's a native of Merrillville, but has lived in Portage for 39 years. She covers municipal and school government in Porter County.