Semi driver arrested for drug possession

Thursday, December 7, 2017
A Wednesday-morning inspection of a tractor-trailer yielded two grams of suspected methamphetamine, three suspected amphetamine pills and bottle of whiskey and resulted in the arrest of a Utah man.
Courtesy Indiana State Police

CLOVERDALE A commercial vehicle driver from Utah found himself in the Putnam County Jail Wednesday on drug charges.

Around 8 a.m., an Indiana State Police Commercial Enforcement Trooper was patrolling Interstate 70 near the 41 mile marker when he stopped an eastbound tractor-trailer for a routine commercial vehicle inspection.

Gerald MacDonal

During further investigation, the trooper located approximately two grams of suspected methamphetamine, three suspected amphetamine pills and a large bottle of whiskey in the cab area of the vehicle.

The driver, 54-year-old Gerald MacDonal, of West Valley, Utah, was taken into custody and lodged at the Putnam County Jail.

MacDonal was preliminarily charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.

The vehicle was also placed out of service according to federal motor carrier safety regulations.

The tractor-trailer was hauling yogurt from Utah to Ohio.

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