Peru, IN – A Logansport man was found with a large quantity of methamphetamine during a traffic stop that took place on Monday evening, November 5, 2018, in Peru.
According to his probable cause affidavit, Peru Police Officer Shawn Swinford observed a black passenger vehicle make a turn from N. Clay Street onto Washington Avenue without using a turn signal. Upon seeing the infraction, Swinford turned to follow the vehicle with it quickly turning in the VFW parking lot on Washington Ave.
Swinford activated his emergency lights and conducted the traffic stop on the vehicle at approximately 9:56 p.m. on Monday, November 5, 2018. The VFW was closed at the time of the stop.
The driver was identified as William Biggs, 43, of Logansport, IN. Swinford collected his license, registration, and proof of insurance after advising Mr. Biggs of the reason for the stop. Officer Swinford then returned to his vehicle to write a citation for the infraction.
Officer Swinford noticed that the insurance card indicated the insurance expired as of September of this year. While writing a warning for the insurance, Officer Swinford requested PPD Officer Brindle to assist with the traffic stop.
Brindle arrived on scene and conducted a “free air sniff” of the suspect vehicle with his K9 partner Darro. The K9 alerted to the presence of narcotics inside the vehicle.
A search was then conducted of Mr. Biggs and his vehicle. Officer Brindle located a black in color zip up pouch from Mr. Biggs’ clothing. That pouch contained a plastic baggie containing a large quantity of a white crystal rock-like substance that would later test positive for methamphetamine. One small plastic baggie containing a white crystal rock-like substance that would also test positive for methamphetamine. One empty plastic bag, and one small empty vial with a blue screw on cap.
The total weight of the methamphetamine found was approximately 73.8 grams. A search of the vehicle did not produce any additional evidence.
An iPhone and a wallet containing $311 were also located. Police have filed for the forfeiture of the cash that was located.
William Biggs, 43, of Logansport, IN was then transported to the Miami County Jail. He faces a charge of Possession of Methamphetamine. He also received a citation for the turn signal violation and a written warning for operating a vehicle without proof of financial responsibility.
The report indicated that Mr. Biggs had a prior dealing in a narcotic drug charge in Miami County. The officer originally charged Mr. Biggs with Dealing Methamphetamine, but that charge was not filed by the prosecutor’s office in this traffic stop.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.