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Man, 50, indicted in ton-of-pot case

Large bundles of drugs shipped in with appliances

A 50-year-old Indianapolis man was indicted this week by a federal grand jury in Fort Wayne, a few weeks after his arrest in connection with the seizure of a ton of marijuana.

Martin Gonzalez Medina is charged with possessing with intent to distribute marijuana. He was arrested after a two-year investigation into his activities that involved renting warehouses in Texas and Indiana and disguising shipments of marijuana in legitimate shipments of appliances.

Through investigative techniques, officers with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force in northeast Indiana learned Medina established a fictitious business in January with phony paperwork and a bank account, according to court documents.

The task force consists of federal agents from the DEA and IRS, as well as agents from the Steuben and Noble county sheriff’s departments and Fort Wayne Police Department.

Medina said he leased a warehouse in Texas to package and ship the pot, then leased a warehouse in Fort Wayne, according to court documents.

In late April, Medina was arrested at a local hotel room. Earlier in the day, the Fort Wayne Police Emergency Services Team entered the warehouse off Industrial Road and secured the loaded box truck and the building.

After opening the freezers in the truck, officers found 2,160 pounds concealed in 12 freezers and wrapped in nearly 100 bundles varying in size and weight, according to court documents.

It was the largest seizure of marijuana since 6,700 pounds – more than 3 tons – were seized from Matthew McChesney six years ago.