“The trooper made contact with the driver and identified him as the defendant, Juan Hernandez Barajas,” the affidavit said. “The trooper called a drug-sniffing K9 to the scene. Upon the K9 unit’s arrival, the K9 was deployed and gave a positive indication to the odor of illegal narcotics.
Troopers found an orange air compressor in the bed of the truck that didn’t appear normal, the affidavit said.
“They had discovered a random wire coming from the tank,” the affidavit said. “Due to past intelligence of similar drug trafficking traps, they hooked up a battery to the wire and the tank opened. Inside the tank a large quantity of US currency wrapped in plastic.”
A search warrant was then obtained for Barajas’ place of employment in New Carlisle, the affidavit said, where detectives found more money.
OSP also found “empty kilo wrapping containers, a bag of white substance suspected to be cocaine and a digital scale,” in the office, according to the affidavit.
In addition, detectives found a large bag of suspected heroin described as weighing approximately 100 grams inside the glove box of a truck on the workplace property, the affidavit said.
Barajas, who is not a U.S. citizen, Driscoll said, may be subject to deportation after his five-year prison term.
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