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Sunday at approximately 10:40p, Trooper Vennekotter was patrolling US 41 near Oak Street in Fort Branch when he stopped the driver of a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer for driving 64 mph in a 50 mph zone.

When Trooper Vennekotter approached the vehicle, he detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana inside the vehicle.

The driver was identified as Larry Morris, 49, and his passenger was identified as Sarah Ellingson, 29, both from Evansville.

A Gibson County sheriff’s deputy arrived to assist.

While officers searched the vehicle, they located a .380 Ruger pistol, a corner baggie containing suspected meth, a corner baggie containing a white residue, and drug paraphernalia.

Morris and Ellingson were arrested and taken to the Gibson County Jail where they are currently being held on bond.

Arrested and Charges:

Larry Morris, 49, Evansville, IN

  1. Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 6 Felony
  2. Possession of Paraphernalia, Class C Misdemeanor

Sarah Ellingson, 29, Evansville, IN

  1. Possession of Methamphetamine with a Firearm, Level 5 Felony
  2. Possession of a Handgun without a Permit, Class A Misdemeanor
  3. Possession of Paraphernalia, Class C Misdemeanor

Arresting Officer: Trooper Alex Vennekotter, Indiana State Police

Assisting Agency: Gibson County Sheriff’s Office