I-70 traffic stop at Cloverdale leads to $2 million worth of cocaine

Monday, January 10, 2022
Cardboard boxes hold reported $2 million worth of cocaine confiscated Sunday along Interstate 70 in Putnam County.
State Police photo

CLOVERDALE -- First ice was the issue Saturday along Interstate 70, then Sunday it was “snow.”

The latter wasn’t nearly as slippery when Indiana State Police stopped a semi along the interstate and seized $2 million worth of cocaine Sunday.

The incident unfolded at approximately 5:45 p.m. when a trooper from the Putnamville Post stopped a semi tractor-trailer for a motor carrier inspection near the 41-mile marker at Cloverdale.

Vikram Sandhu

The driver was identified as Vikram Sandhu, 32, of Queens, N.Y. Sandhu was reportedly traveling from Houston to Indianapolis.

During a conversation with Sandhu, criminal indicators including extreme nervousness were detected, Indiana State Police reported, and Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Anthony Brown and his canine partner were called in for assistance. A positive canine alert for the odor of illegal drugs led to the search of the semi tractor-trailer.

During the search, the trooper discovered approximately 115 pounds of cocaine which was located in vacuum-sealed plastic bags within two cardboard boxes covered with a blanket in the sleeper berth. The estimated street value of the cocaine is $2 million.

Sandhu was taken into custody and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he is currently being detained.

In Putnam Superior Court Monday afternoon, Sandhu was formally charged with dealing in cocaine in excess of 10 grams, a Level 2 felony, and possession of narcotics in excess of 28 grams, a Level 3 felony.

At that hearing, Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter asked for $250,000 cash bond on Sanhu and was granted that request by Judge Denny Bridges.

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  • This drug bust was big! Hopefully prison. Is he here illegally?

    -- Posted by pksauer1 on Mon, Jan 10, 2022, at 5:12 PM
  • Lots of disappointed middle-class white guys won't be "skiing the slopes" this week LOL

    -- Posted by Raker on Mon, Jan 10, 2022, at 8:13 PM
  • Seriously, "Is he here illegally?". Because of his name and appearance, that's where you go? give me a break. Yeah, this is bad stuff, but your personal gut reaction is revealing and frightening.

    -- Posted by joebuser on Mon, Jan 10, 2022, at 9:05 PM
  • Let him go.

    -- Posted by beg on Mon, Jan 10, 2022, at 10:53 PM
  • Not surprising that the first two comments here were more concerned with race than the drug bust itself.

    -- Posted by techphcy on Tue, Jan 11, 2022, at 10:23 AM
  • DRUGS? I don't get it. Want an addiction? Try MacDonald's.

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    Once was enough.

    -- Posted by Prince of Stardust Hills on Tue, Jan 11, 2022, at 10:37 AM
  • Scum.

    -- Posted by spectres85 on Tue, Jan 11, 2022, at 8:00 PM
  • Hey this guy's from Queens where Trump is from, maybe they know each other! It looks like Trump and family are gonna be indicted this year for doing crooked business, so maybe they can even share a cell! Trump for Prison 2022 :))

    -- Posted by Raker on Thu, Jan 13, 2022, at 10:28 AM
  • It's interesting they keep erasing your comment, the BG or person deleting comments will allow people to say all kinds of things on all posts, relevant or not yes this one comment by Raker they keep deleting. Pretty stupid if you ask me.

    -- Posted by BJCP96 on Thu, Jan 13, 2022, at 11:41 AM
  • People should be allowed to comment what they want, as long as it's not swear words or threatening. All people.

    -- Posted by BJCP96 on Thu, Jan 13, 2022, at 11:43 AM
  • Yeah I agree, it just shows the character of whoever is moderating the comments, all the hateful racist and bigoted ones but my comment is too far? Somebody is a Trump fan.....but I'll keep posting it they can just cancel my account.

    Seriously though, I'm saving my vacation days for Trump's criminal trial, it's gonna be bigger than O.J.

    -- Posted by Raker on Thu, Jan 13, 2022, at 12:20 PM
  • I don't know who is canceling RAKER's comments and really could care less, but it doesn't matter anymore. I'm out of here, permanently. I'm tired of an unhealthy racist, bigoted, hateful pot endlessly calling the kettle black.

    -- Posted by Prince of Stardust Hills on Thu, Jan 13, 2022, at 12:52 PM
  • @Prince of Stardust Hills Sorry I'm having trouble understanding what you're saying, something complicated about pots calling each other black? That sounds racist, you should probably tone it down a little

    -- Posted by Raker on Thu, Jan 13, 2022, at 2:42 PM
  • I think some people who dislike the former President have more of a fetish for him than those who support the previous President.

    I love how SLLC theologians and their lock step congregants only think hateful speech comes from one side of the political aisle. It clearly comes from BOTH sides. No monopoly taking place when it comes to hate speech.

    In my mind, that supports my observations thru life that the far right and far left individuals are the same type of personality.

    -- Posted by beg on Thu, Jan 13, 2022, at 3:12 PM
  • *

    beg - that's probably b/c they are the same personality type.

    Many people are confused about the political spectrum and believe that the "far left" are socialists/communists while the "far right" are fascists.

    However, socialism, communism, and fascism are all rooted in the same ground of statism with socialism and communism actually being economic theories more than government philosophies such as is fascism.

    So it isn't a matter of right vs left but a question of statist vs liberty-minded.

    Too many people don't mind "big government" as long as it is THEIR big government.

    Politically speaking, the "far left" are all statists regardless of flavor while the "far right" would be more accurately described as anarchists.

    And to make one other point clear, "nationalists" are simply people who believe in the interest of their own country over any other. The converse of this would most likely be a "globalist".

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Thu, Jan 13, 2022, at 11:50 PM
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