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Friday, December 22, 2017 5:20 pm

Driver who fled traffic stop to face US drug charges

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A man who ran from a DeKalb County sheriff's deputy after a traffic stop in late November and was later arrested in Allen County is facing federal drug charges.

On Tuesday, a grand jury in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne returned a two-count indictment charging Ivan Jaimes-Molina with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. He is also charged with illegal possession of a firearm by an illegal alien.

Molina, 23, was stopped for speeding on southbound Interstate 69 around 2 a.m. Nov. 29. A police dog indicated drugs were in the car, and Sgt. Todd McCormick of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office found "two round objects that were heavily covered in plastic wrap" in the trunk of the Chrysler 300 Molina was driving, according to court documents.

The packages contained nearly one pound of marijuana and one pound of methamphetamine, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force officer Peter Mooney wrote in the documents.

"It's just tools, Boss," Jaimes-Molina allegedly said as the sheriff's deputy used a knife to look inside the packages.

A Sig Sauer P938 9 mm handgun with two unloaded clips and a digital scale were also found in the trunk, court documents say.

"Easy to conceal. Even easier to shoot," an advertisement for the gun states on the manufacturer's website.

Jaimes-Molina, who gave the deputy a Florida driver's license, then lunged at McCormick and took off running. He lost McCormick and the police dog, and was arrested hours later after trying to hitchhike along I-69 in Allen County, investigators said.

He was captured hiding in a barn in the 14000 block of Auburn Road, police said last month.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 3. 

mleblanc@jg.net