2 Men Arrested after Traffic Violation Led to Discovery of over 78 Pounds of Marijuana

A routine traffic stop in Greenfield, Indiana led to two arrests and the discovery of 78 pounds of marijuana stuffed into an SUV.

We have the latest on the two alleged pot smugglers, their arrest, and what kind of trouble the two men are facing.

A Traffic Stop and an SUV Filled with Weed

On I-70 in Greenfield, Indiana, an Indiana State trooper pulled over a 2017 Ford Expedition. The SUV had allegedly committed a traffic violation by weaving in traffic. It was approximately 11:00 a.m. The SUV pulled over and the trooper was surprised by what he found.

The SUV was loaded with marijuana. At the end of the search, 78 pounds of pot had been found, with an estimated street value of $250,000.


Two Suspects Arrested

Arrested at the scene were the 51-year-old driver, Christian Elie from Colorado Springs, Colorado, and 42-year-old Austin Johnson of Indianapolis. Coincidentally, Elie is from an area where marijuana is relatively legal in lesser amounts.

Christian Elie; Source: https://jailtracker.com/jtclientweb/(S(gwpqb2ubqswuyffisbnzfp45))/jailtracker/index/Hancock_County_IN

Austin Johnson; Source: https://jailtracker.com/jtclientweb/(S(gwpqb2ubqswuyffisbnzfp45))/jailtracker/index/Hancock_County_IN

Both Elie and Johnson were charged with one count of possession of marijuana and two counts of dealing in marijuana of the amount of at least 10 pounds or more. The first charge is a misdemeanor with a possibility of one year in jail and a $5,000 fine. The second, however, is a felony with a possible sentence of one to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The two suspects are expected to appear in court on the morning of Tuesday, April 17, 2018.