Traffic stop nets drugs, stolen gun

Police arrested a Franklin man on a warrant and several additional charges after a routine traffic stop Tuesday night in Greenwood.

Caleb Anthony Hoovler, 35, was arrested on charges of possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, two counts of possession of a narcotic drug, theft of a firearm, possession of body armor, and failure to appear, all felonies, as well as possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. The Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office will decide what, if any, charges to file.

Greenwood police initiated a traffic stop just after 9 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Main Street and U.S. 31 after they observed a black 2001 Chevy Tahoe with an illegal license plate and frame, according to a Greenwood Police Department report.

Officers asked Hoovler, who was driving, for his license and registration, which he was unable to locate. He told police he had just bought the vehicle and didn’t have any information on it. Police discovered he had an open Johnson County warrant for escape, and a suspended license, according to the report.

Police asked Hoovler if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, and he said no. A K9 searched the vehicle and indicated the odor of narcotics coming from the driver’s side door, the report shows.

Officers searched the vehicle and found two handguns, one of which was reported stolen, a shotgun, a baggie of brown powder-like substance believed to be heroin, a baggie of mushrooms, a meth pipe with residue, two digital scales with drug residue and a small baggie of white powder-like substance believed to be cocaine. They also found multiple rounds of ammunition and a bulletproof vest in the back passenger’s seat of the vehicle, according to the report.

Hoovler told police everything they found belonged to him, and the white powder-like substance was actually Ketamine, also an illegal narcotic.

Police asked why he had the body armor, and he said it was for protection, the report shows.

The heroin weighed in at 7 grams, the mushrooms at 13 grams and the ketamine at 0.5 grams, according to the report.

Hoovler’s criminal history includes a burglary conviction in Hendricks County, and a possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon conviction in Johnson County.

Hoovler was taken to the Johnson County jail where he is held without bond.