There were 1,264 individually sealed bags each weighing approximately 1.5 lbs.

By Jon Haworth

More than half a ton of marijuana with a street value upwards of $8 million was discovered by a police dog during a routine traffic stop in northwest Indiana.

On Tuesday, an Indiana State Police trooper stopped a van for a moving violation around 11:15 a.m., according to a statement released by the Indiana State Police.

Indiana State Police
More than half a ton of marijuana with a street value upwards of $8 million was discovered by a sharp-nosed police dog during a routine traffic stop in northwest Indiana on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.

An officer spoke with the driver, 31-year-old Christopher S. Colburn from California, which subsequently led to an investigation of the outside of the van, including a K9 sniff, that caused the officer to ask about what was inside the van, reported ABC News.

PHOTO: More than half a ton of marijuana with a street value upwards of $8 million was discovered by a sharp-nosed police dog during a routine traffic stop in northwest Indiana on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. (Indiana State Police )

“During that search, troopers discovered 38 large boxes and 6 black garbage bags.,” said the Indiana State Police. “The boxes were wrapped in black plastic wrap. Inside the boxes contained a total of 1,264 individually sealed bags, each weighing approximately 1.5 lbs., and contained a green plant material. A field test of the content revealed it to be marijuana.

Authorities said that a “conservative” estimated street value of the discovery is about $5.7 to 8.5 million, reported ABC.

Colburn was arrested and is facing charges of dealing marijuana, a Level 5 felony, and possession of marijuana with a prior conviction, a Level 6 felony.

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