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California woman arrested with 21 pounds of meth in I-70 traffic stop

Posted at 11:16 AM, Nov 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-16 11:16:31-05

HENRY COUNTY — A California woman was arrested and charged after state police found 21 pounds of methamphetamine in her vehicle during a traffic stop Thursday night on Interstate 70.

According to information from Indiana State Police, Trooper Ray Otter was driving eastbound on I-70 just west of the New Castle exit before midnight Thursday when he saw a GMC Yukon that had a license plate light out and was following the vehicle in front of it too closely.

Otter turned his lights on, but the driver of the Yukon continued on for a mile before stopping on State Road 3 after exiting I-70.

State police said Otter became suspicious after interracting with the driver, Yolanda Romana Bisaiz, 47, of Los Angeles, two adult female passengers and two children under five.

ISP trooper Tom Ratliff was nearby with his K-9 partner, Tora, who noticed drugs in the car when she was taken around the outside of the Yukon for an open-air sniff.

After a search, the troopers found 21 pounds of meth in the vehicle, along with a small amount of marijuana. The meth had a street value of $105,000 to $210,000, ISP said.

Bisaiz was arrested and charged with dealing methamphetamine in the presence of a minor, a Level 2 felony; dealing methamphetamine 10 or more grams with the intent to deliver, a Level 2 felony; possession of methamphetamine over 28 grams, a Level 3 felony; and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

ISP said Bisaiz was taken to the Henry County Jail and her vehicle was impounded. The other passengers were transported from the scene and allowed to leave.