Dearborn County-Yesterday, April 12, 2021, a 46 year old Rush County, Indiana man was arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop on I-74 in northern Dearborn County, Indiana.

The investigation began shortly after 11:30 am, when Senior Trooper Randel Miller stopped a 2001 BMW westbound on I-74 near the 165 mile marker in Dearborn County after he observed multiple traffic violations. During the encounter with the occupants of the vehicle, S/Trp. Miller became suspicious that criminal activity was taking place. S/Trp. Miller deployed his drug detection K-9 Jinx, who alerted to the odor of illegal drugs coming from the vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle, troopers located approximately seven grams of suspected heroin/fentanyl concealed in a hidden area in the trunk of the vehicle. A syringe and additional drug paraphernalia was also located in the vehicle. The driver/registered owner of the vehicle, Brian J. Hillebrand, age 46, Milroy, Indiana was arrested on charges of Possession of a Narcotic Drug, over 5 grams, Level 5 felony, Possession of Syringe, Level 6 Felony, and Possession of Paraphernalia, Class A Misdemeanor. A female passenger in the vehicle was released at the scene. Hillebrand was incarcerated in the Dearborn County Jail pending his initial appearance in court.

S/Trp. Miller was assisted at the scene by Master Trooper James Wells.