Michael L. Peavy

Weed purchased in Illinois, legally or illegally is still illegal in Indiana

Contributed By:The 411 News

Drug charge added to speeding and felony possession of firearm

Indiana State Police reported a New Year's morning arrest of a speeding driver who was also a felon in possession of a firearm. The driver also had marijuana in his possession that was purchased in Illinois.

On January 1, 2020 at approximately 1:30 am, ISP Trooper Carlson was stationary on I-80/94 eastbound under the Burr Street Bridge when he observed a 2016 Chrysler 200 traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle was traveling at 103 mph in a posted 55 mph zone. Trp. Carlson initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and stopped it near the 9 mile-marker. The driver identified himself as Michael L. Peavy, 26, from Hammond, Indiana.

There was a strong odor of raw marijuana emitting from the vehicle and Peavy appeared to be sweating profusely. Peavy was retrieving documents when Trooper Carlson observed a black handle to a handgun under the feet of the driver. Carlson gave commands to the driver to put his hands up, however, Peavy ignored this directive and attempted to start his vehicle.

Due to this response by Peavy, Carlson believed that the driver was attempting to leave. Trp. Carlson was able to open the driver’s door and had Peavy exit from the vehicle as he took him into custody.

A subsequent search yielded 100 grams of marijuana and a Glock 22 handgun with an extended 50 round barrel magazine. Peavy had purchased the marijuana from Illinois earlier this morning. Peavy was transported without further incident and incarcerated at Lake County Jail.

Peavy is charged with Possession of handgun no permit with a prior conviction - Level 5 Felony; Dealing marijuana – Level 6 Felony; Possession of marijuana with prior conviction – Level 6 Felony; and Reckless driving - Class C Misdemeanor.

Beginning January 1, 2020, Illinois began allowing marijuana possession and some sales.

Possession of marijuana is illegal in Indiana. Marijuana purchased in neighboring states is a criminal offense to possess in Indiana.

Story Posted:01/02/2020

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