Alleged drug dealing prompts arrest warrant, which leads to additional charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 12 May 2017 10:50

 

Searching for a suspected drug dealer on Friday, May 5, certainly paid off for investigators.

When he was taken into custody on Friday, May 5, at a residence on Dowling Drive in Austin, suspect Larry Dewayne West, 41, reportedly had a cornucopia of drugs in his possession.

A case against West has been brewing for some time. Scottsburg Patrolman Troy Ford and Austin Patrolman Jonathan White arranged to conduct two buys earlier this year using confidential informants (CIs) to purchase illegal substances.

West allegedly participated, selling the CIs methamphetamine. In the Level 2 felony case filed against him on May 5 in Scott Circuit Court, the seriousness of the charges reflect the amounts allegedly sold, reportedly 15.3 grams on March 30 and 16.1 grams on April 26.

That case included the two felony dealing in methamphetamine charges as well as two Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance. The nuisance charge can provide a legal way for law enforcement to impound and cause West to forfeit both vehicles used in the two drug buys, a black Chevy Avalanche and a white motorcycle.

Both alleged exchanges were taped by officers as they occurred in a Scottsburg business’s parking lot.

Because West was considered a flight risk by authorities, the criminal case was sealed under a court order that Friday. Once West had been located and housed at the Scott County Security Center, the documents were unsealed and made public.

Ptl. Ford and Scottsburg Detective Steven Herald made the request that Friday for charges and an arrest warrant on West from Prosecutor Chris Owens. Once they knew the warrant was being processed, the officers used information they had obtained about the probable whereabouts of West, who had provided a Pekin, In., address to authorities. He was known, however, to frequently visit a rental house on Dowling Drive in Austin.

As the pair of officers conducted their search on May 5, they saw West at an Austin restaurant. He then drove to the house on Dowling Drive, pulled his vehicle into a garage and shut the garage doors, the probable cause affidavit related.

Scott Pool, a county probation officer, brought the arrest warrant to the officers, and they approached the house and knocked on the door. A woman answered their knock, with officers seeing West in the home’s kitchen. Though he attempted to run into a south side room, West halted when ordered, allowing officers to take him into custody without incident.

A zippered case was supposedly found in West’s pocket as he was patted down, the affidavit stated. It allegedly contained three baggies containing meth weighing from 4.1 to 14.8 grams; an Opana pill; eight Hydrocodone pills; five Suboxone pain-relieving strips; two glass pipes lined with burned residue; and additional baggies.

West purportedly made a statement to the officers, telling them all of the drugs “…is just for personal use.”

In one of his front pockets, officers said they discovered $1,533 in cash. Among the money was a twenty dollar bill that a CI had used to buy meth from West. He was booked into the local jail at 3:16 p.m.

West’s initial court hearing on his original drug case was held Monday morning, May 8. His original bond of $100,000 by corporate surety bond or $10,000 cash was increased to $250,000 or $25,000 cash through a petitioner for detainer filed by the Prosecutor’s Office. Additionally, West was ordered held without bond for 15 days based on his violation of probation, which he was serving until 2027.

He was back in court on Tuesday, May 9, for an initial hearing on the new case filed against him. Those charges include one Level 2 felony count of dealing in meth; two Level 5 felony counts of dealing in a narcotic drug; a Level 6 felony of dealing in a Schedule 1-3 controlled substance; two Level 6 felonies of possession of a narcotic drug; and one misdemeanor charge each of possession of a Schedule 1-4 controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

His jury trial date on these new charges is also August 7, and his bail is again $250,000 by corporate surety bond or $25,000 cash

 

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ISP Investigating Two Scams in Austin and Sellersburg PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 May 2017 10:32

 

The Indiana State Police at Sellersburg is sending out a scam alert for possible victims who may not even know they are a victim.

The first incident involves a used car dealership located in Sellersburg. All American Auto, which was located at 108 Prather Lane in Sellersburg is no longer in business however, complaints started coming in early March of this year when people who bought an automobile from the All American Auto Dealership did not receive titles to the vehicles they purchased. Some of the victims are also complaining they had purchased extended warranties on the vehicles and those warranties are not valid. Indiana State Police Detectives are working at least fifteen cases for theft, vehicle theft and check deception involving the auto dealership. The offices of the Indiana Secretary of State, the Indiana Attorney General and the Clark County Prosecutor are assisting in the investigation by also working cases and assisting victims.

The owners/operators of the dealership, Kayla Meade and Dustin Meade of Charlestown, IN, are facing several charges involving activities that took place involving the used car dealership.

Anyone who purchased a car and/or warranty and believes they may be a victim of All American Auto Sales dealings, are encouraged to contact the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg, the office of the Indiana Secretary of State or the office of the Indiana Attorney General for assistance. The contact numbers are listed below.

The second scam involves a skimming device located at the Fuel Mart Truck Stop at 145 North Dowling Drive, next to Interstate #65, Exit #34, in Austin.

On Tuesday, May 9, the operators of the truck stop contacted the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg stating they had located a card skimming device on gas pump #3 at the station. The device was immediately removed and has since been secured in evidence at the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg.

It is unknown at this time how long the skimming device was on the gas pump but believe it had been there since at least May 1, 2017.

Anyone who thinks their credit or debit card may have been compromised are encouraged to contact the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg, (contact information below).

Contact Information, Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg, 812-246-5424 or inside Indiana 1-800-872-6743; Indiana Attorney General’s Office, 317-234-1912 and Indiana Secretary of State’s Office, 317-234-7190 or on the World Wide Web at https://secure.in.gov/apps/sos/dealers/

 
Local officers involved in multiple chases over four-day period; two arrested PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 09:57

Pursuits of suspects in Scott County took a sharp, fast turn upward starting Thursday night, April 28.

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Five alleged drug dealers charged in April facing felonies in Circuit Court PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 09:56

Law enforcement agencies are keeping the pressure on those who would deal drugs in Scott County. Circuit Court records show five new felony cases were filed in April against persons believed to be in that business.

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Austin officers make two drug-related arrests, one for attempted break-in PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 09:55

Tips about possible drug dealing occurring at a house at 425 Broadway Street in Austin brought Police Chief Robert Gudgel and Patrolman John T. Smith to the home’s doorstep in the late afternoon of April 25.

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