Two California men were arrested in Elkhart County Saturday on drug and weapon charges. According to Indiana State police, a state trooper made a routine traffic stop on a vehicle in the eastbound lanes of the Indiana Toll Road near the 100 mile marker in Elkhart County. During the stop, the trooper reportedly became suspicious of the two individuals in the car and a K9 unit was called to conduct an open-air search on the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle uncovered several vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana totaling approximately 10 pounds hidden under clothing in luggage found in the vehicle. Troopers also discovered a loaded 9mm handgun in the passenger compartment and several hundred dollars in cash.
Arrested were the driver, Reader Lek, 30, and Heng Hov, 33, both of Oakland City, Calif., on charges of possession of a handgun without a license and possession of marijuana. They were booked into the county jail.
Elkhart County police investigated the following crashes recently:
• A passenger was injured in a two-vehicle crash on C.R. 45, west of C.R. 17 Sunday at 9:20 p.m. According to police, a 1988 Oldsmobile 88 driven by Katy Sharp, 72, Goshen, rear ended a 2010 Honda Civic driven by Lillian Heintz, 80, Goshen. A passenger in the 1988 Oldsmobile, Vincent Knight, 32, Goshen, was transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital for complaint of stomach pain. No citations were issued.
• Three Middlebury women and a Middlebury boy were injured in a two-vehicle collision at 11:19 p.m. Monday near Bristol. According to police, Brittany Wolcott, 25, Middlebury, was driving her vehicle northbound at the intersection of C.R. 35 and Ind. 120 when she reportedly disregarded a stop sign, causing a second vehicle, driven by Francisco Bravo, 25, Middlebury, to collide with the rear of her vehicle.
The force of the impact caused both vehicles to exit the roadway and Wolcott’s vehicle to overturn, police stated. Both vehicles suffered heavy damage and had to be towed from the scene. Wolcott suffered right foot pain as a result of the collision. A passenger in her vehicle, Joshua Wolcott, 2, Middlebury, complained of stomach pain. A passenger in Bravo’s vehicle, Barbara Lloyd, 42, Middlebury, suffered a laceration to the face and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. A second passenger in Bravo’s vehicle, Jessica Lloyd, 22, Middlebury, suffered knee and head pain. Wolcott was cited at the scene for disregarding a stop sign.