Traffic stop on I-80 nets 90-pounds of marijuana


November 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Miller and his k-9 partner Francisco have scored another drug bust. Sheriff Jeff Danker told KJAN News Deputy Miller stopped a 2012 Toyota Tundra pickup truck for speeding along eastbound Interstate 80 at around 11:25-a.m. Wednesday. After talking with the driver, Miller became suspicious about the man’s story. While speaking with the driver, Deputy Miller noticed the man’s hands were shaking, he appeared nervous, and the lived had a “lived-in” look. He said also that the drivers’ story seemed suspicious. After issuing the driver a warning citation for speeding, Miller asked and was refused permission to search the vehicle.

Danker said during Deputy Miller’s free-air search around the vehicle with his k-9 partner, the dog alerted to the presence of narcotics in the bed of the truck. A search revealed three duffle bags containing a total of 90-pounds of marijuana in vacuum-sealed bags.

The driver, 30-year old Andrew Ducharme, of Guilford, CT, was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with the intent to Deliver, Prohibited Acts, and a Tax Stamp violation. He was also issued a warning for the speeding violation. Ducharme was brought to the Pottawattamie County Jail, and later posted a $5,000 bond.