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Yesterday, at approximately 12:30 pm, four people were arrested on numerous drug and weapon charges following a traffic stop on I-65 in southern Jackson County.

The investigation began when Trooper Jason Hankins, Indiana State Police-Versailles All Crimes Policing Team, stopped a 1999 Toyota passenger car for a traffic violation on I-65 northbound near the 38-mile marker near Crothersville, Indiana. 

During the course of the traffic stop, Trp. Hankins smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle, officers located over 600 grams of marijuana, methamphetamine, digital scales, drug paraphernalia, and a handgun. 

All four occupants of the vehicle were arrested on charges of Dealing Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Handgun without a Permit, and Possession of Paraphernalia.

Arrested:         Mercedes N. Santibanez, age 23, Lansing, MI (Driver)

                        Kera M. Jackson, age 26, Lansing, MI

                        Tylor L. Hintz, age 24, Lansing, MI

                        Anthony E. Jean, age 21, Lansing, MI

All four were transported to the Jackson County Jail where they were incarcerated pending their initial appearances in the Jackson County Circuit Court.

Trp. Hankins was assisted by other troopers from the Indiana State Police-Versailles and Sellersburg Posts as well as officers from the Crothersville Police Department.