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State Police Arrest Evansville Duo After Seizing Gun, Meth in Traffic Stop

Two Evansville residents were arrested on gun and drug-related charges late Monday night after state police say they found a .380 Ruger pistol and several baggies containing drugs during a traffic stop.

Posted: Jan 5, 2021 9:46 AM

Methamphetamine and a loaded handgun were seized by law enforcement officers with Indiana State Police and the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office late Monday night during a traffic stop.

According to ISP, while Trooper Alex Vennekotter was patrolling on U.S. 41 in Gibson County on Monday night, he stopped the driver of a Chevrolet Trailblazer for driving 64 mph in a 50 mph zone.

ISP says that when Trooper Vennekotter walked up to the vehicle, he could smell a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside of it.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as 49-year-old Larry Morris, and a passenger was identified as 29-year-old Sarah Ellingson, both of Evansville. 

A Gibson County sheriff's deputy arrived to assist and a search of the vehicle was conducted, at which point officers found a .380 Ruger pistol, a corner baggie containing suspected meth, a corner baggie containing a white residue, and drug paraphernalia.

Morris and Ellingson were arrested and taken to the Gibson County Jail where they're currently being held on bond.

Arrested and Charges:

Larry Morris, 49, Evansville, IN

  • Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 6 Felony
  • Possession of Paraphernalia, Class C Misdemeanor

Sarah Ellingson, 29, Evansville, IN

  • Possession of Methamphetamine with a Firearm, Level 5 Felony
  • Possession of a Handgun without a Permit, Class A Misdemeanor
  • Possession of Paraphernalia, Class C Misdemeanor

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