Peru, IN – A 41-year-old South Bend man is facing charges of Possession of Marijuana and Dealing Marijuana after being found with just over six pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on December 24, 2018, at approximately 7:31 p.m.
According to a Peru Police Department probable cause affidavit, Officer Brok Westfall conducted the traffic stop on a white SUV at US Route 31 and County Road 200 N.
Westfall had initially observed the vehicle from a stationary position on US Route 31 near Division Road. When the white SUV passed his position, it appeared as if the driver intentionally bladed his face and shoulders away from Officer Westfall.
Officer Westfall followed the vehicle to the truck stop where the white SUV parked in a parking spot. The driver remained inside the vehicle for several minutes while Westfall observed from a nearby location. The driver then left the parking lot. Westfall again followed and observed the SUV proceed northbound on US 31 without stopping at the red light on County Road 100 N.
Upon conducting the traffic stop and contacting the driver, Officer Westfall immediately detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. He then used his flashlight to illuminate the inside of the vehicle and observed, in plain view on the passenger side floorboard, part of a bag that contained a green leafy plant-like substance.
The driver was then identified as 41-year-old Shannon C. Clark of South Bend, IN. Mr. Clark was then advised of the reason for the stop and asked for his license and registration. He provided his license but had to be asked again to produce his registration. Mr. Clark then covered the bag that contained the green leafy plant like material with a black bag while reaching for the glove box to obtain the vehicle registration.
According to Officer Westfall’s report, Mr. Clark was breathing very heavy and would not look in his direction. He then advised Officer Westfall that he was having chest pains but stated he did not need an ambulance when asked.
Mr. Clark was then asked to step out of the vehicle to catch his breath. Officer Westfall then used his radio to request other units to assist with the stop. While being searched, Clark began to tense up and pull away but Officer Westfall was able to complete the search and place Mr. Clark in handcuffs.
A search of the vehicle would result in the location of five large bags that contained a green leafy plant like substance on the passenger side floorboard. Four of the bags were vacuumed sealed and one was open. Each bag had a white tag on it with a different name on it. The names were “Bugattio OG”, “Boss OG”, “Alpha OG”, “Jedi OG”, and “OG XO”.
Mr. Clark was read his rights and agreed to talk with Officer Westfall. He reported there was about five pounds of marijuana worth approximately $8,000. He advised that he was on disability and was getting paid $500 to transport the marijuana as a way to make some extra cash.
Clark’s vehicle was towed from the scene and he was transported to the Miami County Jail.
The bags that contained the green leafy plant like substance were transported to the Peru Police Department and field tested with a positive result for marijuana. In total, they weighed six pounds, two point four ounces.
Shannon Clark, 41, of South Bend, IN faces charges of Possession of Marijuana and Dealing in Marijuana.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.