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Deputies find 50 pounds of meth during Henry County traffic stop

The Henry County Sheriff's Office estimates the 50 pounds of meth that were seized are currently worth more than $200,000.
Credit: Henry County Sheriff's Office
Deputies seized 50 pounds of methamphetamine, worth an estimated more than $200,000, during a traffic stop in Henry County on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

HENRY COUNTY, Ind. — An Illinois woman was arrested in central Indiana last week after deputies pulled her over and discovered she was hauling 50 pounds of methamphetamine in a suitcase. 

Courtney Kinard, 33, of Normal, Illinois, was driving a Jeep east on Interstate 70 at around 11 a.m. Thursday when deputies pulled her over at the 131-mile-marker in Henry County.  

The Henry County Sheriff's Office said she was stopped for following too closely and speeding violations. 

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Deputies standing outside the vehicle were speaking with Kinard when they noticed a vacuum-sealed package with a small amount of marijuana "in plain view" in the passenger compartment, the sheriff's office said. 

When deputies searched Kinard's Jeep, they found a large red suitcase that was locked. The sheriff's office said deputies used a pry tool to open the suitcase after Kinard refused to give them the combination. 

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Inside the suitcase were 50 vacuum-sealed packages, each one containing about a pound of crystal methamphetamine. In total, the 50 pounds of meth are worth an estimated street value of more than $200,000, the sheriff's office said.

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Posted by Henry County, Indiana Sheriff's Office on Saturday, April 30, 2022

Deputies arrested Kinard without incident. She's charged with dealing methamphetamine, a level 2 felony, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

The deputies who pulled her over were members of the Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement (PACE), which is a multi-jurisdiction task force consisting of deputies from Henry and Hancock counties.

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