A 20-year-old man told police he had been paid to take thousands of dollars worth of drugs from Franklin to Southport, when the drugs were discovered during a traffic stop.

The driver told police he had been paid nearly $1,000 to transport the drugs early Saturday.

Namneet Rai, 20, Indianapolis, was arrested on charges of dealing in a schedule IV controlled substance, dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana, all felonies, and possession of a controlled substance.

About a quarter-pound of marijuana and about 1/3 of a pound of Xanax pills were found in his vehicle when a Franklin police officer stopped his car shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday for not using a turn signal and not stopping before turning at a red light, a police report said.

The number of pills weren’t counted, but could have been in the hundreds. Each pill could have a street value of $6 to $8. The street value of the marijuana was about $1,000, police said.

See Tuesday’s newspaper for more information.

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Michele Holtkamp is editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at mholtkamp@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2774.