Marijuana and identify theft scheme uncovered during traffic stop – Dec. 10, 2010

A Coldwater Post trooper conducting a traffic stop uncovered a stash of marijuana and an identity theft scheme.

The trooper stopped a vehicle for going 87 mph in a 70 mph zone. Upon further investigation outside of the traffic stop, the trooper discovered the driver had a small amount of marijuana in his left sock and a woman inside the vehicle was on parole for armed robbery.

The trooper found more marijuana after searching the vehicle.

While searching the driver’s wallet, the trooper found two pieces of paper that contained the personal information of four people, including Social Security numbers, addresses, birth dates, telephone numbers and credit card numbers with security codes. The wallet also contained two Discover cards in the female passenger’s known alias.

Both suspects were taken to the post for further interviews.

The trooper contacted Discover about the four names on the papers and found two victims had reported fraud, and the other two had yet to make reports about their information being fraudulently obtained. The suspects were lodged at the Branch County Jail on possession of marijuana and identity theft charges.

Additional charges are pending.

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