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Cocaine found during traffic stop near Elkhart toll road exit

Indiana State Police report finding 29 kilograms of cocaine during a traffic stop on the Indiana Toll Road, near the Elkhart exit. Trooper Mick Dockery and his K-9 partner, Hondo, were called to assist Trooper Joe White in searching a semi tractor-trailer that White had stopped on Thursday afternoon.

Posted on April 30, 2011 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Oct. 24, 2011 at 2:56 p.m.

ELKHART -- Indiana State Police report finding 29 kilograms of cocaine during a traffic stop on the Indiana Toll Road, near the Elkhart exit.

Trooper Mick Dockery and his K-9 partner, Hondo, were called to assist Trooper Joe White in searching a semi tractor-trailer that White had stopped on Thursday afternoon.

Hondo sniffed the semi and trailer and alerted the officers to the trailer, owned by Dees Freight Movers of California. The trailer contained a 2007 Mercedes Benz S550 valued at $100,000 and a 2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom valued at $300,000, police said.

After getting a search warrant, the officers found 29 kilos of cocaine inside the Mercedes. The estimated street value of the drug is nearly $1 million, police said. Police have not yet been able to access the trunk to the Rolls-Royce.

The semi driver, Patrick B. Austin, 46, of Alta Loma, Calif., was arrested on a preliminary charge of dealing cocaine. He is being held in the Elkhart County Jail without bond, according to state police.

Officers with the Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Elkhart County ICE Unit helped with the traffic stop.




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