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Sen. Son Nabbed for Pot Possession

July 6, 2000

GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) _ The 40-year-old son of Republican Sen. Richard Lugar was arrested on marijuana possession charges after being pulled over for expired license plates.

Robert Lugar, manager of the town of McCordsville, pleaded innocent Thursday and posted $200 bail.

A sheriff’s deputy was giving Lugar a ticket Wednesday when he noticed the smell of marijuana, Sheriff Nick Gulling said. The deputy found a plastic bag filled with pot under a floor mat of the Jeep, Gulling said.

``He denied the marijuana was his,″ the sheriff said.

Lugar did not immediately return a message left for him at the McCordsville town hall. His home number is unpublished.

``I think he’s a little shocked, but beyond that I can’t really go into the discussions I have had with my client,″ said his attorney, John Davis.

Sen. Lugar, who is seeking a fifth term in November, issued a statement saying he and his wife, Char, were troubled by the arrest but supportive of their son.

``We respect the proper course of law enforcement and court activity ... but remain hopeful that our son has not made a very serious error,″ the statement said.

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