30 pounds of pot found during traffic stop

HENRY COUNTY — A Hancock County K-9 officer found 30 pounds of marijuana in a car during a traffic stop on Interstate 70 on Wednesday, and two Colorado men were arrested on a charge of trafficking.

Officers with the Proactive Criminal Enforcement, or PACE, team stopped a silver Kia in Henry County around 9 a.m. Wednesday after the car was seen tailgating other vehicles, police said.

The driver, Richard Obi, 24, and passenger Henry Obi, 27, both of Denver, acted suspiciously while speaking with officers, police said.

The car was searched by Hancock County Sheriff’s K-9 Manni and his handler Deputy Nick Ernstes, members of the PACE team.

The trunk of the vehicle was filled with more than 30 pounds of high-grade marijuana, police said. Investigators said they believe the men were moving the drugs from Denver to New York.

Richard Obi and Henry Obi were both arrested and charged with dealing marijuana, a Level 5 felony, police said.

The PACE team is a multiagency drug task force that focuses its patrols on I-70 between Indianapolis and the Ohio line, looking for traffickers. It consists of members from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Greenfield Police Department, Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and the Richmond Police Department.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.