Police: Crash investigation leads to man’s arrest in drug case

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Michael Sam Jr.

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. (Oct. 16, 2015) – The investigation into an early morning crash led to a man’s arrest in a drug case, police say.

Just after 1:50 a.m. Friday, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputy Nate Nichols and Deputy Adam DeBoth responded to a crash involving an injury at the 59.5 mile marker on southbound I-65.

The driver of a truck said a vehicle sideswiped him; he saw two people get out of the other car and throw something in a ditch.

The driver of the truck went to Columbus Regional Hospital after complaining of pain.

The deputies noticed the smell of marijuana from the occupants of the vehicle. Investigators found a jar of marijuana; Michael Sam Jr., 26, Indianapolis, said the jar belonged to him. The deputies then searched the ditch, where they found another jar containing pills, cocaine, codeine and other paraphernalia.

Sam said a friend had given him the jar with instructions to transport it to another friend in Atlanta, Ga. He was arrested on several charges, including possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.

Deputies took him to the Bartholomew County Jail.

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