DATE: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
SUBJECT: Driver Carrying a Quarter Ton of Marijuana Flees from Deputy
RELEASE NUMBER: 2015-NR-018
CONTACT: Sgt. Jason Ashworth / Lt. Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff David Wedding
Just before midnight on Monday, March 16, 2015 a Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Deputy noticed a suspicious vehicle in an industrial area located on the north side of Evansville. The vehicle was observed in the area well after normal business hours.
Due to the suspicious activity, the deputy followed the vehicle and then attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the area south of Flightline Drive on US Hwy 41. The driver refused to stop and a short pursuit ensued. The driver later stopped the vehicle in the area of Petersburg Road and US Hwy 41. An Evansville Police Department K-9 unit arrived to assist and the driver, Mr. Mark C. Smith II, was taken into custody.
An inventory of the vehicle was conducted, which resulted in nearly 500 pounds of marijuana being recovered. Due to the large quantity of marijuana, the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Joint Drug Task Force and the local Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) office were contacted to assist in the investigation.
The DEA and United States Attorney’s Office are working with local authorities and are considering filing federal charges against Mr. Smith.
Mark Chris Smith II (pictured above), 26, of Indianapolis. Dealing Marijuana Greater than 10 pounds as a Level 5 Felony, Resisting Law Enforcement as a Level 6 Felony and Driving with a Suspended License as a Class A Misdemeanor.
Pictured above: Bundled marijuana taken from Mr. Smith’s vehicle.