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Alleged Drug Mule Snared in La Porte County

(La Porte, IN) - A suspected drug mule was caught by La Porte County Police.


66-year old Gene Shadel allegedly flew to the west coast to bring back a significant amount of marijuana. He passed through the area when stopped Monday on the Indiana Toll Road near Rolling Prairie.


According to police, the officer became suspicious and called for a K9 dog, which detected the presence of drugs in the vehicle. More than 80 pounds of vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana were recovered from the car's trunk.


The Florida man revealed he was supposed to deliver the marijuana to Pittsburgh.


Police said the driver was stopped because the officer saw him veer suddenly over the fog line and back to the travel lane. Shadel blamed sneezing for the vehicle's abrupt change in movement.

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