Peru, IN – Mark Weaver, 24 of Peru was arrested by Peru Police Department on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Dealing Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia after PPD Officers were called to his residence on January 25, 2019, at approximately 6:58 p.m. to assist Fulton County Community Corrections.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed by PPD Officer Chad Mooney, Officers were called to the apartment at the request of Fulton County Community Corrections staff who were on scene and had encountered drugs.
Upon his arrival, Officer Mooney spoke with Officer Swinford who was first to arrive on the scene. Swinford had spoken with a Fulton County Community Corrections Field Officer who had located a pouch that contained a white crystalline substance. This item was laying on the coffee table in the living room.
Officer Mooney observed the brown leather zip-up case and two baggies that contained a white crystalline substance that officers believed to be methamphetamine and a scale. Also in the room was Mark A. Weaver, Jr., who Officer Mooney knew from prior police encounters at this address as the owner of the apartment.
According to the Fulton County Field Officer, he arrived to conduct an in-home visit for Mr. Weaver stating he is on house arrest for Fulton County on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine. Upon arrival, the officer knocked on the door, he immediately heard several people inside shuffling around and that Mr. Weaver eventually let him in.
When the Fulton County Officer asked Weaver who was present in the home, he stated just a few friends. They were located in the bedroom laying on Mr. Weaver’s bed and bathroom. When the Fulton County officers asked these individuals for their names, they both gave false names. This is when he called for the Peru Police.
Officer Mooney sat everyone down in the living room and read them their rights.
Mooney then spoke with Mr. Weaver in private who admitted that the substance in the baggies was methamphetamine and that it was all his. He advised that when he heard the knock on the door, he shoved all the items inside the leather case and then shoved them into a small entertainment center in his bedroom where the Fulton County Staff reported finding them.
Officer Mooney then called Miami County Prosecutor Jeff Sinkovics and asked him to meet him for a search warrant application for the apartment.
While the search warrant was applied for, the baggies of meth were field tested with a positive result. The total weight of both baggies was approximately 20 grams.
While Officer Mooney was speaking with Mr. Weaver, Officer Smith observed a text message appear on Mr. Weavers phone that said something to the effect of “if (name redacted by Prosecutor’s Office) is still there have them bring me some”.
Officer Mooney met with Prosecutor Sinkovics at the Miami County Court House and obtained a search warrant for the apartment and the phone from Miami Superior Court Judge Grund at approximately 8:37 p.m.
Upon returning to the residence, officers executed the warrant locating another small bag of methamphetamine residue, a clear glass bong style smoking device and a clear/pink tinted glass smoking device.
Mr. Weaver had already been transported to the Peru Police Department to be interviewed by Detective Grant. During this interview, Mr. Weaver admitted possession, using and dealing methamphetamine.
Mark A Weaver, Jr., 24 of Peru was then transported to the Miami County Jail on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Dealing Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia.
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