Traffic stop leads to arrest in North Vernon

A traffic stop Wednesday night in North Vernon led to the discovery of more than two pounds of marijuana and the arrest of a 19-year-old Kentucky man, police report.

Gabriel B. Kuster, 19, of Ghent faces charges of possession of marijuana more than 30 grams, a Level 6 felony, and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.

Kuster was arrested after North Vernon Officer Miles Courtney initiated a traffic stop at about 9:20 p.m. Wednesday on a speeding vehicle on South State Street.

During the investigation into the license status of the driver of the vehicle, it was found Kuster had a suspended driver’s license.

While speaking with Kuster and passengers in the vehicle to identify another licensed driver, Courtney said he and fellow Officer Wes Thayer smelled marijuana.

The officers detained the occupants and searched the vehicle and discovered more than two pounds of marijuana in two locations in plastic bags in the vehicle. Courtney interviewed the driver and occupants.

Kuster also was in possession of $205 cash, which was seized pending the investigation, and the vehicle he was driving, a 2002 Cadillac Escalade, was seized.

Kuster is currently being held in the Jennings County Jail on $1,055 cash bond.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at or 812-523-7051.