PA man arrested on drug charges following traffic stop on I-80 in Pottawattamie County


January 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says an Pennsylvania man was arrested Friday afternoon on drug charges, following a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Council Bluffs. The Sheriff says Deputy Brian Miller stopped a Nissan Altima for speeding on I-80 near the 5-mile marker, at around 1-p.m., Friday. After speaking with the driver, Miller became suspicious the man may have been trafficking drugs. The deputy asked 25-year old Joshua Ampolsk, of Wynnewood, PA, for permission to search the vehicle, but Ampolsk refused.  When Miller conducted a perimeter search of the vehicle using his k-9 partner “Francisco,” the dog alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics in the car, which provided the deputy with probable cause to conduct a search. While searching the car, Miller recovered 61-pounds of marijuana, and 2-pounds of Hashish.

Ampolsk was taken into custody on a felony charge of Possession with the Intent to Deliver/marijuana, Prohibited Acts/distribution of illegal substances, and a drug tax stamp violation. He posted a $5,000 bond that same day, and was released from custody.