Peru, IN – A traffic stop for a non-working headlight resulted in the arrest of Marcus Cook, 46 of Peru on charges of Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at approximately 8:32 p.m.
According to an Indiana State Police Report of Arrest, Mr. Cook was stopped by Trooper Andrew Smith of the Indiana State Police on US Business 31 near River Road due to his driver’s side headlight being out.
While speaking with Mr. Cook, Trooper Smith noted that Cook appeared nervous and kept looking down, not making eye contact with him. According to Smith’s report, “Mr. Cook’s behavior led me to believe that criminal activity may have been afoot.”
Trooper Smith then requested that Peru Police Department K-9 Sergeant Raber and her partner be en route to conduct a “free air sniff” around the vehicle. Once on scene, the K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics on the driver’s side of the vehicle.
Upon being told the K9 had alerted on the vehicle, Mr. Cook was asked to step out of the vehicle. Cook advised that he had “weed” in his pocket. Cook was asked to keep his hands where they could be seen, but he then reached for his right front pocket. He was again told to keep his hands visible but again reached for his pants pocket saying that he could get the “weed”.
Trooper Smith then had Mr. Cook turn around and placed him in handcuffs due to his not obeying commands.
A search of his pocket would result in the location of the marijuana as well as a white pasty substance in a plastic container that would test positive for cocaine. Trooper Smith also located a black and pink rubber smoking device that was found in the center console of the vehicle, silver and purple smoking device that was also found in the center console and a third smoking device that was found in Mr. Cook’s right-side utility pocket of his pants.
Marcus Cook, 46, was arrested on charges of Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Paraphernalia. He was also issued a citation for improper headlights.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.