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Friday at 10:53 a.m., an Indiana State Police Trooper observed a white Ford F-150 pickup truck,  following too close and traveling at a reduced speed  in the left passing lane of Interstate 70 near the 53 mile marker eastbound.  

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Christian Paz Recarte, 29, of Los Angeles California, with three passengers in the vehicle.  During the course of the traffic stop, the trooper observed criminal indicators. 

Putnam County Sheriff’s K-9 was called for assistance.  A positive K-9 alert to the odor of illegal drugs led to a search of the vehicle.

During the search of the vehicle, the trooper discovered 6 kilograms of fentanyl.  

The estimated street value of the Fentanyl is $450,000 dollars.  It is estimated that this seizure removed approximately 59,000 doses of this potentially lethal drug from the streets.  

The drugs were coming from California and destined for Ohio. 

Arrested:

Christian Paz Recarte 29, Los Angeles, California

  • Possession of narcotic drug, Level 3 Felony
  • Dealing a narcotic drug, Level 2 Felony

Hugo Rosales Moreno 45, Los Angeles, California

  • Possession of narcotic drug, Level 3 Felony
  • Dealing a narcotic drug, Level 2 Felony

Katherine Navarro 22, Los Angeles, California

  • Possession of narcotic drug, Level 3 Felony
  • Dealing a narcotic drug, Level 2 Felony

Kelin Morales Martinez 29, Los Angeles, California

  • Possession of narcotic drug, Level 3 Felony
  • Dealing a narcotic drug, Level 2 Felony

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.