Traffic stop nets marijuana arrest in North Vernon

The discovery of 59 grams of marijuana in a vehicle Friday night in North Vernon led to a man’s arrest on felony charges of dealing and possession.

The arrest of Benjamin J. Lair, 22, of North Vernon occurred after a traffic stop for an equipment violation, North Vernon Officer Todd Beam said in his report.

Beam said he became suspicious of the behavior of the occupant, who later turned out to be Lair, and requested the assistance of the department’s K-9 at the stop. The location of that stop was not available at press time.

Sgt. Andrew Richmond arrived with his K-9, Hero, who alerted to the odor of illegal drugs in the vehicle, Beam said.

A search of the vehicle revealed 59 grams of marijuana, a marijuana smoking pipe and a postal scale in a hidden compartment in the vehicle.

Beam also reporting finding 3 grams of marijuana on Lair during a search, bringing the total find to 62 grams.

Lair was booked into the Jennings County Jail at 9:33 p.m. Friday on Level 6 felony charges of dealing in marijuana and possession of marijuana more than 30 grams. A person convicted of a Level 6 felony faces six months to two-and-a-half years in prison.

He also faces a charge of possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. He was being held on $905 bond Saturday.

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