Starke K-9 Assists in Rochester Man’s Drug Arrest

john richardsA Rochester man was the subject of a traffic stop over the weekend, but Starke County’s four-legged officer was able to locate much more.

The vehicle, driven by 32-year-old John Richard, was cited for a moving violation on Saturday.

Once a traffic stop had been conducted, officers brought K-9 Terror to the scene for an air sniff of the vehicle. The K-9 unit allegedly indicated the presence of drugs inside the vehicle.

A search was conducted, turning up methamphetamine, marijuana, and paraphernalia. The amounts of the drug were not disclosed. Richard was arrested at the scene and transported to the Starke County Justice Center.

He is facing preliminary charges of Driving with a Suspended License, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Richard posted a $1,000 surety bond and a $500 cash bond before being released from the justice center.