(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A traffic stop for a minor seat belt violation on U.S. 50 led to a drug bust by Indiana State Police Sunday.
At about 1:00 a.m., a trooper stopped a 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo on U.S. 50 eastbound near Florence Drive in Lawrenceburg when he noticed the driver was not wearing a seat belt.
As the driver, Luther A. Ashcraft, 26, of Okeana, Ohio, searched for his vehicle registration in his glovebox, the trooper noticed a baggie. He asked Ashcraft to hand it to him. The trooper then saw the baggie contained what appeared to be a small amount of marijuana.
The trooper would later notice other containers with marijuana in the car. The smell of burnt marijuana could also be smelled in the vehicle and on Ashcraft.
Ashcraft and his three passengers, all from Okeana, were removed from the vehicle as a search was conducted. Troopers found LSD, Adderall, synthetic urine, and paraphernalia.
The four occupants of the vehicle face various charges:
Luther A. Aschraft is charged with Possession of LSD, Possession of Schedule II Narcotic, Maintaining a Common Nuisance (all Class D Felonies), Possession of Marijuana-Less than 30 grams, Possession of Paraphernalia (both Class A Misdemeanors), and Possession of a Substance used to Interfere with Drug Screening-Synthetic Urine (Class B Misdemeanor).
Dane T. Bacovin, 26, faces charges of Possession of Marijuana-Less than 30 grams (Class A Misdemeanor) and Visiting a Common Nuisance (Class B Misdemeanor).
Daniel P. Becker, 28, and Justin S. Bovard, 30, are each accused of Visiting a Common Nuisance (Class B Misdemeanor).
All four individuals were transported to the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center. They remained held there Monday morning.