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Tuesday at approximately 10:00 a.m., an Indiana State Police Trooper stopped a gold Chevrolet Equinox on Interstate 70 near the 41 mile marker for a traffic violation of following too close.  

The driver was identified as Joshua Gomez, 21, San Diego, CA. During a conversation with Gomez, the trooper observed criminal indicators.

He was Arrested and Charged with:

  1. Dealing Heroin Level 2 Felony
  2. Possession of Heroin Level 3 Felony

The Putnam County Sheriff’s office was requested for assistance with a canine. 

Upon the unit’s arrival and during the traffic stop, the canine gave an alert to the officers of an indication of an illegal substance.

 A subsequent search of the vehicle discovered that Gomez was transporting approximately 6.2 pounds of heroin concealed in the vehicle.

The estimated street value of the heroin is $225,000 and was being transported from California to Ohio.  

Joshua Gomez was transported to the Putnam County Jail. 

All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.