Traffic stop leads to pot bust

David C. Schlereth (source: Indiana State Police)
David C. Schlereth (source: Indiana State Police)

CLARK COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - A routine traffic stop turned into a major pot bust in Clark County early Monday.

Indiana State Police K-9 Handler Nathan Abbott stopped a 2010 beige Hyundai at the 20-Mile Marker on Interstate 65 north in Clark County. As Abbott was speaking to the driver, David C. Schlereth, he told him he had stopped him for a registration violation.

As Trooper Abbott continued to talk to Schlereth, he seemed to be very nervous so Abbott got K-9 "Kilo" out of his police car, and as "Kilo" walked around the vehicle "Kilo" made a positive alert on the vehicle for narcotics.

Troopers conducted a physical search of the Hyundai and recovered five live Marijuana plants, processed Marijuana and the equipment needed to erect an indoor Marijuana grow operation.

Schlereth, 31, from Milwaukee, WI, was being held in the Clark County Jail and is charged with cultivating marijuana under 30 grams, possession of marijuana under 30 grams, and possession of paraphernalia.

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