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Nearly $3 million dollars worth of cocaine discovered in I-70 traffic stop

An Indiana State trooper pulled over a semi on Interstate 70 near Post Road leading to the discovery of a large amount of narcotics.

At 2:30 p.m. Friday, a trooper pulled over a Peterbilt Semi, with no trailer, on I-70 eastbound east of Post Road for failing to signal a lane change. While speaking to the driver, and checking required paperwork, the trooper began to notice indications of potential criminal activity.

The trooper called for a K9 to assist with the investigation. Indiana State Police K9 Cole arrived with his handler. Cole did an open-air sniff around the vehicle and he alerted to his handler the odor of narcotics. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed approximately 70 kilograms (154 pounds) of suspected cocaine inside the sleeper-birth of the semi. Subsequent field testing confirmed the substance to be cocaine.

The Indiana State Police Drug Investigations Section estimates the value of the cocaine at $2.8 million. 

The driver, Onkar Singh, 43, of California, was arrested on drug charges. He was transported to the Marion County Jail and incarcerated.

Indiana State Police Indianapolis District Commander Lieutenant Josh Watson said, "This significant drug seizure is a result of sustained and persistent efforts by troopers assigned to our drug enforcement section. They spend countless hours patrolling our highways and diligently utilizing their specialized training and experience to intercept and seize illegal narcotics being transported in and through Indiana."  

The drug charges are preliminary and serve as probable cause for an arrest. Actual charges will be determined by the Marion County Prosecutor's Office.