Semi driver arrested for drug possession
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.
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.