Traffic stop turns into drug arrest in Peru

A traffic stop on S. Broadway Ave. in Peru resulted in the arrest of a local man after troopers discovered drugs.

About 11 p.m., an ISP Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a Hyundai due to the license plate on the vehicle being expired since 2022. While speaking with the driver, Jeffrey Azbell, 57, of Peru, the trooper reported that he noticed indicators that criminal activity might be afoot and requested assistance. An ISP K9 trooper and his K9 partner arrived on scene. The K9 conducted an open-air sniff, which indicated to the presence of narcotics inside the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle discovered suspected methamphetamine, suspected narcotic drugs, and suspected legend drugs.

Azbell was arrested and taken to the Miami County Jail on initial charges of:

-Possession of Methamphetamine- Level 6 Felony

-Possession of a Legend Drug (2 counts)- Level 6 Felony

-Possession of a Narcotic Drug- Level 6 Felony

Indiana State Police were assisted by Peru Police and the Miami County Sheriff's Department.

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