Two arrested on drug charges after Friday traffic stop

Edwin H. Berrera. Photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

Bartholomew County say a vehicle’s passenger gave them a fake name when the driver, who didn’t have a license, was pulled over for a traffic stop Friday.

The traffic stop happened Friday in the 6000 block of Jonesville Road. 25-year-old Edwin H. Berrera was the driver of the car and told county deputies that he did not have a license. His passenger gave a name to police that turned out to be fake. Police discovered that he was really 23-year-old Edward Velarde of Seymour.

A sheriff’s department police dog alerted to the odor of narcotics in the vehicle and deputies allegedly discovered marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Edward Velarde. Photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

Both men are facing preliminary charges of possession of marijuana. Berrera is also being charged with driving without ever receiving a license, and Verlade is being accused of false informing.