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A traffic stop for an infraction ended with the arrest of both the driver and passenger from New Albany on multiple charges.  

Arrested and Charged was 

Mergen Batchuluun, 20, New Albany, IN

  • Dealing in Marijuana – Level 6 Felony
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – C Misdemeanor
  • Possession of Marijuana – B Misdemeanor 

Chinguun Bishrel, 21, New Albany, IN

  • False Identity – A Misdemeanor  

On March 7, 2020, Senior Trooper Mark LaMaster stopped a black 2012 Mercedes-Benz on I-65 southbound for following too closely behind a semi-truck.

He also observed that the car had a large crack in the windshield directly in front of the driver. As Trooper LaMaster spoke with the driver and passenger, he observed criminal indicators and also discovered the passenger had falsely identified himself.

Senior Trooper Nathan Abbott also arrived to assist a short time later. During the investigation, the Troopers discovered approximately five pounds of marijuana packaged in several plastic bags.  

Both subjects were taken to the Clark County Jail without further incident.