Arrest photo of Joshua Combs, 35, of Peru

Peru, IN – Thirty-five-year-old Joshua Combs of Peru is facing charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Syringe following his arrest on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at approximately 6:56 p.m. following a reported burglary on Plaza Drive.

According to a Peru Police Department probable cause affidavit, Officer Shawn Swinford was dispatched to an active burglary taking place in the 00 block of Plaza Dr. Central Dispatch advised that the complainant observed two individuals enter a trailer known to be vacant due to eviction.

Officers Rushforth arrived on scene first followed by Officers Mooney and Swinford. Rushforth had contacted a male subject in the street who had just come from the trailer in question. Office Swinford recognized this man as Joshua Combs, 35 of Peru.

Officers Mooney and Officer Smith then went to the trailer in question and reported that the front door was standing open with no lights on. It appeared that no one was living inside the trailer and there was no electricity. They did not locate anyone else inside the trailer.

Following Officer Rushforth’s frisk search of Mr. Combs, he was read his rights. Officer Rushforth advised that he had found a hypodermic syringe on Mr. Combs completely loaded full with an unknown liquid substance. Mr. Combs advised that the substance was “meth”.

Officer Swinford took possession of the loaded syringe and conducted a field test with a positive result for methamphetamine.

Officer Rushforth also located a pink in color sunglasses case that held used syringes and parts of other syringes inside a plastic bag. Officer Swinford also conducted a field test on the used syringe which had fresh blood on the needle and it also tested positive for methamphetamine.

Two white in color coffee filters that also contained a residue of a white crystal-like substance was also located.

Officer Swinford then spoke with Mr. Combs who stated the loaded syringe contained a mixture of water and “meth” and that the coffee filters also contained methamphetamine. He stated that he had used the syringe this morning to inject methamphetamine.

Officer Swinford was unable to contact the last known tenant or the landlord of the property so no charges of residential entry are being filed at this time.

Joshua Combs, 35, of Peru was transported to the Miami County Jail on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Syringe.

All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.