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Traffic stop leads to large drug find

Published 2:45pm Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Police found thousands of dollars worth of marijuana on a routine traffic stop in the early morning hours Tuesday in Niles.

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department is reporting deputies seized approximately $4,500 of marijuana from a vehicle driven by James Robert Rucker, 30, of South Bend, in the 100 block of S. St. Joseph Ave. in Niles Township at 12:35 a.m. Rucker was stopped for a registration plate violation.

Rucker was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, second offense, and was lodged at the Berrien County Jail, pending his arraignment in the Berrien County Trial Courts.

The 1997 Oldsmobile Aurora, a cell phone and $409 in cash were seized under the State of Michigan’s Civil Forfeiture Law.

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