Traffic Stop Nets Meth, Cocaine, Marijuana and Two Handguns

Traffic Stop Nets Meth, Cocaine, Marijuana and Two Handguns


A 30-year-old man from Richland is in jail for possession of Meth, Cocaine, Marijuana as well as guns. The female driver was also arrested but later released. 

Arrested and Charged was:

  • Lee Aders, 30, Richland, IN
  1. Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 6 Felony
  2. Possession of Cocaine, Level 6 Felony
  3. Possession of Marijuana, Class B Misdemeanor
  4. Possession of Firearm by Serious Violent Felon, Level 4 Felony

Early this morning at approximately 12:15, Trooper Widner was patrolling I-64 west of US 41 when he observed the driver of a Chevrolet Suburban following another vehicle too closely.

Widner conducted a traffic stop after the vehicle exited I-64 onto US 41.

The driver was identified as Nicole Pettit, 30, of Rockport. A male passenger was identified as Lee Aders, 30, of Richland.

Petit was cited and released for Possession of a Handgun without a Permit, Class A Misdemeanor

Due to suspicious activity a search of the vehicle was conducted. Trooper Widner found a bag under Ader’s seat containing 18 grams of marijuana and small amounts of meth and cocaine.

When searching Pettit’s purse a fully loaded handgun was located. Another loaded handgun was found between the console and front passenger seat.

Aders was arrested and taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail where he is currently being held without bond.

Pettit was cited for possession of a handgun without a permit and released. Both weapons and illegal drugs were seized.

Arresting Officer: Trooper Tyler Widner, Indiana State Police

Assisting Officer: Trooper Chase Eaton, Indiana State Police