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Traffic stop leads to pot charges

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Five men were arrested after police found more than 1 pound of marijuana in the car they were driving in.

Police discovered several bags of marijuana as well as baked goods and a paste made with marijuana, according to a report from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

Matthew Mattingly, 21, Justin Ledford, 19, and Juvius Ledford, 19, all of Indianapolis, and Logan Retz, 21, and Jeffery Ponder, 22, both of Greenwood, were arrested.

Mattingly was arrested on a felony charge of possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana and a misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia. Ponder and Justin Ledford were arrested on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana. Retz was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia.

Juvius Ledford was arrested on a Hamilton County warrant for a charge of minor consumption.

About 11:30 p.m. Sunday, a Johnson County sheriff’s deputy pulled over a vehicle after seeing it heading east on Stones Crossing Road with a headlight out. The deputy could smell burned marijuana, according to the police report. Ponder, who was driving, told the deputy they had been smoking marijuana in the vehicle, the report said.

During a search, police found a partially burned marijuana

cigarette, a plastic bag with marijuana and rolling papers; a plastic box with smoking pipes; two more small plastic bags with marijuana; digital scales; baked goods made with marijuana; a glass jar filled with marijuana; and several empty plastic bags, the report said. Police also found a handgun in the glove box, which Ponder said was his and that he had a permit to carry, the report said.

Mattingly told deputies he had been selling marijuana and that the scales and baked goods were his, the report said. The baked goods included cookies and granola bars.

All five men were taken to the Johnson County jail. Mattingly was released on $4,000 bond. Ponder, Retz and Justin Ledford were released on $1,000 bonds. Juvius Ledford was being held without bond.

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