A traffic stop Monday by an Indiana State Police trooper led to the discovery of approximately a half kilogram of suspected cocaine, which resulted in the driver of the vehicle being arrested on three drug-related charges.
The investigation began shortly before 1 p.m. when Master Trooper Randel Miller conducted a traffic stop on a 2022 Nissan Altima for multiple traffic infractions on southbound Interstate 65 near the 51 mile marker in Jackson County.
The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, Rasheed Elijiah Musheer, 27, of Indianapolis, was arrested on preliminary charges of dealing in cocaine 10 grams or more, a Level 2 felony; possession of cocaine, a Level 3 felony; and possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor.
During the traffic stop, Miller reported he observed numerous indicators of criminal activity along with the odor of marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle, according to a news release from Sgt. Stephen Wheeles.
Wheeles, the public information officer for the Versailles Post, said during a search of the vehicle, Miller found a vacuum-sealed bag containing approximately a half kilogram of suspected cocaine along with marijuana and pills. More than $600 in cash also was located during the investigation.
The estimated street value of the cocaine was estimated to be $15,000.
Musheer was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 2:22 p.m. Monday.
Wheeles assisted with the traffic stop.