Peru, IN – A Cutler, Indiana woman was arrested at Pipe Creek Elementary School on Monday, December 17th and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine- Enhancement on School Property (a Level 5 Felony), Possession of Schedule III Controlled Substance – Enhancement on School Property (a Level 6 Felony), Possession of Syringe (a Level 6 Felony), Possession of Legend Drug (a Level 6 Felony), Neglect of a Dependent (a Level 6 Felony), Possession of Marijuana, (a B Misdemeanor), and Possession of Paraphernalia (a C Misdemeanor).
According to Indiana State Police Trooper Adam C. Moor, Miami County Central Dispatch advised of a suspicious person that was parked in front of Pipe Creek Elementary School at approximately 8:39 a.m. Dispatch advised that the female driver was banging her head against the window and was slumping over in a black SUV. According to his probable cause affidavit, Trooper Moor arrived on scene at approximately 8:42 a.m. and observed the black SUV still parked in front of the school.
The woman inside the vehicle told Trooper Moor that she was fine and that she had just dropped her child off at school. Moor observed that the woman was making “quick, fidgeting movements”. He told the woman that he was talking with her because someone was concerned for her after she reportedly banged her head against the window. The woman denied that she banged her head and stated she was fine.
As he continued to talk with the woman, Trooper Moor observed that the woman had dilated pupils and kept making unnecessary movements and jerks which led him to believe she was under the influence of a drug.
The woman was then asked for her license and registration information. The license plate of the vehicle was expired and belonged to a different vehicle according to state records. The woman reported she didn’t have her license with her. She provided Trooper Moor with her name and date of birth. She identified herself as thirty-year-old Brandy Horn of Cutler, IN. Horn reported she had just purchased the vehicle but did not have the bill of sale with her.
Miami County Deputy John Jumper and Deputy KC Baily arrived to assist and Trooper Moor. Ms. Horn was then asked if she had recently used any drugs and she stated no. She refused a request by Trooper Moor to search the vehicle stating that “she didn’t want to get in trouble for someone else’s stuff.”
Trooper Moor then wrote Horn citations for Expired plates and a warning for false/fictitious registration. She was informed that it was illegal to operate the vehicle on the roadway and that it was going to be towed.
During an inventory of the vehicle for towing, Trooper Moor detected the odor of marijuana and in plain view inside the vehicle saw a blue and yellow plastic smoking pipe that was in between the driver’s seat and the center console. The pipe contained burnt residue that had the odor of marijuana. At this point, Ms. Horn was placed under arrest for possession of paraphernalia and was read her rights.
During a search of Ms. Horn, A straw and metal pipe was located. The straw was cut and contained a powdery substance. A cap to a syringe was also located. When asked where the syringe was, Ms. Horn stated she couldn’t remember. The syringe was later located in her wallet with her Indiana Driver’s license.
Also, inside the pocket of the wallet, a small plastic bag was located that contained a crystal-like substance that would later field test positive for methamphetamine.
A further search of Ms. Horn would produce a round orange pill and part of another pill that Ms. Horn identified as suboxone which Horn reported that she no longer had a prescription for. The orange pill would later be identified as buprenorphine hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride, a Schedule III controlled substance.
At this point, Ms. Horn was transported to the Miami County Jail. Trooper Moor continued the search of the vehicle locating a clear glass jar under the driver’s seat that contained a plaint like material that had the odor of marijuana. It would later test positive as marijuana.
Also located hanging on the rear-view mirror were two metal containers. Inside one was a closed vial that contained a dark powdery like substance. Inside the other was a plastic bag that contained a dark powdery substance that looked like the other vial. According to the report, the substance appeared to be heroin or some kind of narcotic. This substance was sent to the state lab for testing.
The vehicle was then towed from the scene and Trooper Moor interviewed a witness to Ms. Horn banging her head on the window after dropping her child off at school. As a drug recognition expert, Trooper Moor believes that Horn could have been under the influence of a stimulant and would have been unsafe to drive and take care of her child.
Brandy Horn, 30, of Cutler, IN faces charges of Possession of Methamphetamine- Enhancement on School Property (Level 5 Felony), Possession of Schedule III Controlled Substance – Enhancement on School Property (Level 6 Felony), Possession of Syringe (Level 6 Felony), Possession of Legend Drug (Level 6 Felony), Neglect of a Dependent (Level 6 Felony), Possession of Marijuana, (B Misdemeanor), and Possession of Paraphernalia (C Misdemeanor). She was also issued a no trespass warning for the school property.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.