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HOBART — A 73-year-old attorney from Massachusetts was arrested Tuesday after a police officer pulled him over and found 21 pounds of suspected marijuana in his car, police said.

The officer stopped Steven H. St. Clair, of Williamsburg, Massachusetts, after seeing St. Clair tailgating a semitrailer on eastbound Interstate 90 in LaPorte County, Hobart police Lt. James Gonzales said.

The Hobart officer who stopped St. Clair was assigned to a domestic highway enforcement task force through the Indiana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

The officer asked St. Clair to come to his squad, and St. Clair complied. As the officer began writing a summons, St. Clair told the officer he was an attorney in Connecticut and taught at the University of Connecticut, police said.

St. Clair said he had flown to California and was driving back to Massachusetts, police said.

A second officer arrived and finished writing out the summons, while the first officer used a K-9 to conduct a "free air" sniff near St. Clair's vehicle.

The dog alerted on the vehicle, and police found 21 individually wrapped and heat-sealed packages containing suspected marijuana within a suitcase and white bags, Gonzales said.

St. Clair was taken to the Hobart Police Department but later released because of medical problems, he said.

Police are asking the LaPorte County prosecutor's office to file a level 6 felony charge of dealing in marijuana against St. Claire.

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Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.