Two arrested following routine traffic stop

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

A routine traffic stop turned into two people being taken into custody after it was determined there were drugs in the car they were in.

According to information from Sgt. Noel Houze Jr. of the Indiana State Police, James Dobbs, 32, of Osgood, and Rhonda Dobbs, 36, of Batesville, were both incarcerated in the Ripley County Jail after they were stopped last Friday, August 24, on I-74 east of Batesville near the westbound rest area for a minor traffic violation.

During the stop, ISP Trooper Chris Richey walked his K-9 partner, Heiko, around the 2001 Dodge they were in. The K-9 unit alerted on the vehicle and a search turned up approximately 24 grams of crack cocaine valued at approximately $1000. This was concealed on the passenger, James Dobbs.

James Dobbs was charged with Possession With Intent to Distribute Cocaine (over 3 grams), a Class A Felony and Possession of Cocaine (over 3 grams) a Class C Felony.

The driver, Rhonda Dobbs, was charged with Conspiracy to Possess With Intent to Deliver Cocaine (over 3 grams) a Class A Felony and Conspiracy to Possess (over 3 grams) a Class C Felony.

Assisting Trooper Richey were troopers Jimmy Wells, Chris Clark and Brent Miller.