SELLERSBURG, Ind. (WDRB) -- A drug-sniffing K-9 named Riggs has helped an Indiana State Trooper in Sellersburg arrest two drug suspects in less than a week.
According to a news release from the Indiana State Police post in Sellersburg, the first arrest was on Oct. 10 at approximately 3:30 p.m. That's when Trooper Zach Smith stopped a 2000 Dodge Ram pickup traveling eastbound on U.S. Hwy. #150 near Paoli Pike in Floyd County.
During the course of the traffic stop, police say "reasonable suspicion was developed that criminal activity was afoot."
Trooper Smith deployed K-9 Riggs and he alerted that there were possible narcotics in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle found marijuana and Scheduled IV Controlled Substances.
The driver of the vehicle, 44-year-old Leslie K. Holmes from Louisville, was arrested. She is charged with maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana and possession of a Schedule Four Controlled Substance. Holmes was being held at the Floyd County Jail.
The second arrest happened around 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 13. That's when Trooper Smith stopped a 2002 Dodge Stratus traveling westbound on Interstate 64 near the Eighty Two milemarker in Crawford County for a traffic violation.
During the traffic stop K-9 Riggs was deployed and indicated the possible presence of narcotics. During a search of the vehicle, Trooper Smith found crystal meth, heroin, syringes and other drug paraphernalia.
The driver of the vehicle, John J. Bickerest, 30, from Park Street in Jasper, Indiana was arrested and charged with maintaining a common nuisance, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a Schedule One Controlled Substance, possession of paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic needle. He was being held at the Crawford County Jail.
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