Traffic stop leads to drug bust

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.

Rai told police half of the marijuana was his, but the other drugs were what he had been paid to move. He told police he did not know the names of the people he had gotten the drugs from or the identity of who he was delivering the drugs to, the report said.

The officer could smell marijuana in the vehicle, and Rai told police he and his two passengers had just smoked the drug, the report said. He told police he had been paid to take the drugs to Marion County for another person, and police found $935 in his wallet, the report said, but two $100 bills were counterfeit. Officers also found LSD, known as acid, in his wallet, the report said.

Rai, 6910 Shoals Way, was taken to the Johnson County jail and held on $21,000 bond. Two passengers were released.

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