From Staff Reports
---- — PERU – A traffic stop Saturday evening by a state trooper led to the arrests of two Indiana men on drug charges.
The trooper initiated a traffic stop on a 1991 Chevrolet Caprice traveling on U.S. 31 near Airport Road because police said the driver, Sepoor A. Washington, 29, Elkhart, was following another vehicle too closely.
During the course of the traffic stop, the trooper noticed indicators of criminal activity and requested a narcotics detecting police dog.
The dog gave a positive alert to the odor of illegal narcotics inside the vehicle. During a subsequent search of the Chevrolet and its occupants, officers said they found marijuana, heroin and pills.
Troopers arrested Washington and passenger Benjamin J. Hicks, 33, South Bend, who were incarcerated at the Miami County jail.
Hicks faces felony charges for possession of heroin and possession of a legend drug. Both men face a misdemeanor charge for possession of marijuana under 30 grams.