A New Jersey man was allegedly found with 500 pounds of THC candy stashed in his vehicle when he was pulled over for reportedly speeding and other illegal traffic maneuvers.
Around 11:00 am on October 5, 35-year-old Angelo Padilla Jr. was reportedly driving down the Indiana Toll Road.
Padilla was allegedly driving faster than the posted speed limit while trailing behind a semi-truck and reportedly performed an illegal lane change.
A deputy with the LaPorte County Sheriff’s was working with the Department Domestic Highway Enforcement program when he spotted the vehicle allegedly being driven erratically and pursued it for the purported traffic infractions.
While the law enforcement officer was interacting with Padilla regarding his driving, a second deputy with a K9 officer arrived at the scene, and the K9 gave the car a sniff check.
According to the deputies performing the on-site investigation, the K9 indicated that drugs were likely to present somewhere inside the vehicle.
When they searched the interior of the car, the deputies reportedly came across a large stash of candy. It was purported that the weight of the sweets found was an estimated 500 pounds of individually wrapped candies that allegedly contained THC extracted from marijuana.
The Union City man was placed under arrest and booked into the LaPorte County Jail.
Padilla is expected to face charges for suspicion of felony dealing in a controlled substance.
After four days of incarceration, Padilla was brought before a LaPorte County Circuit Court judge.
The judge ordered that Padilla would remain in jail on a $15,000 cash-only bail for the accusation.
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