Peru, IN – Forty-three-year-old April Frazier of Peru has been arrested by the Peru Police Department on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Dealing Methamphetamine following a traffic stop that took place at approximately 5:56 p.m. on January 22, 2019.
Ms. Frazier was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped in the 600 block of E. Main Street by PPD Officer Shawn Swinford. Officer Swinford observed the vehicle fail to signal a turn and was operating after sunset without headlights and taillights activated.
Upon stopping the vehicle, Swinford recognized both the driver, whose name was redacted from the report by the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office and the passenger, April Frazier from prior police contacts.
The driver of the vehicle did not have a driver’s license and the vehicle registration returned to a different automobile.
Officer Swinford requested that PPD Sergeant Raber be en route with her K9 partner to conduct a “free air sniff” around the vehicle. Raber arrived a few minutes later to conduct the “free air sniff” with K9 Fargo who had a change of behavior on the suspect vehicle indicating the possible presence of illegal drugs.
Ms. Frazier was removed from the vehicle and searched by Sergeant Raber. During the search, Raber located a “foreign object” inside Frazier’s pants. Ms. Frazier eventually admitted that she had “dope” on her. She was then read her rights and agreed to retrieve the “dope” from her pants. A plastic baggie that contained two other plastic baggies that both contained a white crystal rock-like substance was found and secured.
April was then placed into handcuffs and seated in the back seat of Officer Swinford’s police vehicle.
The driver was searched with nothing being found.
A search of the vehicle would result in the location of a black digital scale underneath the front passenger side seat as well as numerous “gram” size plastic baggies in a purse in the back seat. Sergeant Raber also located a “WD-40” tin can in the trunk of the vehicle. This tin can had a false bottom hidden storage compartment. No other evidence was located inside the vehicle.
The driver was issued summons to appear for Operator Never Licensed as well as a citation for failure to signal turn and warning for failure to use headlights after sunset. A subject with a valid driver’s license arrived on scene and took possession of the vehicle and the driver was released from the scene.
Ms. Frazier was told Officer Swinford that she had been dealing meth for “about a week” to make money since she didn’t have a job. She was then transported to the Peru Police Department where she agreed to give a recorded statement. During this recorded statement, Ms. Frazier admitted to dealing methamphetamine and that she planned on selling the meth that she was caught with this evening.
Officer Swinford conducted a presumptive field test of the white crystal rock-like substance. The contents of both baggies tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed a combined 18.6 grams.
Ms. Frazier was previously arrested in November of 2017. You can read about that arrest by clicking HERE. She was also arrested on December 27, 2018, on a charge of Assisting a Criminal.
April Frazier, 43 of Peru faces charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Dealing Methamphetamine.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.