Andrew Galinis

Sheriff’s deputies in Steuben County, Indiana, arrested a man Monday afternoon for trying to buy a Chevrolet sport utility vehicle.

The problem is that Andrew Wade Galinis, 39, of Quincy, Michigan, allegedly offered to pay for the car with a pound-and-a half of marijuana, which is still illegal in Indiana.

Sheriff R.J. Robinson said his office got the tip on Sunday and a pair of deputies in plain clothes met with Galinis Monday afternoon in the Love’s Travel Stop parking lot on West Maumee Street, in Angola, Indiana, Monday morning.

After a short conversation he showed them his marijuana and they made the arrest. He was taken into custody without incident. They also found that he was carrying a small Ruger handgun.

“It’s reasonable to assume that he also uses marijuana but we don’t know if he was under the influence at the time,” Chief Deputy Michael Meeks said.

“The vehicle was for sale (on the) internet, making it available to anyone, and for whatever reason he allegedly decided to purchase it with marijuana,” Meeks said. “He’s from Michigan where marijuana is legal but once you cross the state line it’s illegal again. We got the information and acted accordingly.”

Galinis was charged with dealing more than 30 grams of marijuana and taken to the Steuben County Jail where he remains on $3,000 bond.

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