A Batesville police dog was instrumental in the arrests Friday afternoon, June 28, of two women for dealing drugs.
The incident began during a routine traffic stop on I-74 in Dearborn County, reports Indiana State Police Sgt. Noel Houze, Versailles District public information officer. Senior Trooper Jimmy Wells was patrolling at about 12:35 p.m. when he stopped an eastbound 2000 Honda Odyssey van for a minor traffic violation in between the U.S. 52 exit and the Indiana-Ohio state line.
The driver was identified as Arlin Martinez, 22, Chicago. During the course of the traffic stop, the trooper "became suspicious of criminal activity and called for a K-9 unit," according to Houze. Batesville Police Department Officer Danny Hamilton responded with his K-9 partner, Jinx. Hamilton walked Jinx around the vehicle and the dog alerted, indicating the presence of drugs.
A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded 4 kilograms or about 8.8 pounds of heroin. Martinez and her passenger, Stephanie Arroyo, 19, Berwyn, Ill., were taken into custody without incident. They were transported to the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center, Lawrenceburg, where both are facing charges of dealing in a controlled substance.
Wells also was assisted by Senior Trooper Adam Bullock and Trooper Brent Miller.
Houze reminded, "Persons arrested are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law."