(La Porte County, IN) - A Michigan City man was the subject of a major drug bust after a police officer smelled marijuana from his vehicle at a traffic light.
Julian Mojica, 31, is charged with Level 5 felony Dealing in Marijuana.
According to La Porte County Police, an officer with his passenger side window cracked on March 11 was at U.S 20 and U.S 35 near Michigan City. He smelled what he recognized to be marijuana from a Chevy Camaro stopped behind him at a red light.
Police said the officer became even more suspicious of the vehicle once the odor became more potent when the 2014 Camaro passed him with the driver's side window cracked.
A traffic stop was made when the driver switched lanes without properly using his turn signal on multiple occasions.
Police said two bags of marijuana weighing nearly a pound apiece were recovered from the vehicle's center console and inside a cooler in the trunk. Sandwich baggies typically used in selling marijuana and more than $2,400 in cash were also seized.
According to court records, Mojica has a prior criminal history related to cocaine, marijuana, and firearms.