Peru, IN – A warrant arrest on February 1, 2019, resulted in a Peru woman’s arrest on multiple drug charges after she tried to hide in her mother’s closet to avoid her arrest.
According to a PPD probable cause affidavit filed by PPD Officer Josh Ulery, Officer Swinford contacted him in reference to serving a Miami County Probation Warrant on Carrie E. Banks, 40 of Peru at approximately 10:16 p.m. on February 1, 2019. The original charge was for possession of a Syringe.
Arriving on the scene, Ulery met Officers Westfall and Swinford. While the other officers attempted to make contact at the side door of the trailer, Ulery watched from the street where he could see the front of the property including a direct view into the kitchen.
Officer Ulery was able to see Ms. Banks standing inside the kitchen area wearing a white tank top as an older female went to answer the door. This person would later be identified as Ms. Banks’ mother.
Upon answering the door, Ms. Banks’ mother informed officers that Carrie was not home at this time. Officers verified the address on the warrant and Officer Ulery then returned to the front door and advised the mother that he had seen Carrie through the window and was going to make entry into the home to locate her.
Ms. Banks was then located hiding in her mother’s closet under clothing.
While Officer Ulery was bringing Ms. Banks out of the closet, Officer Westfall had located two loaded syringes in plain view on Ms. Banks’ bed.
Banks was then read her Miranda Warning and agreed to speak with officers. She reported that the syringes contained “liquid meth”.
When asked if there was anything else illegal in the room, Ms. Banks responded “just in the box (redacted) box”
Officers then contacted Miami County Prosecutor Jeff Sinkovics and obtained a search warrant for the bedroom and closet.
That search of the box would result in the location of multiple syringes (two of which were also filled with a clear liquid substance, a digital scale, a small blue bowl containing a white/clear substance, empty clear baggies, empty clear baggies containing a white powdery substance, a small spoon containing a white powdery substance, a light blue container of Q-tips, A purple and blue plastic container containing small cotton pieces, and a clear glass smoking device containing a white residue.
Also in the bedroom in a brown dresser, Officers located a small piece of hose to a smoking device containing a reddish substance. A stainless-steel smoking device with a burnt residue, a small pair of stainless-steel nippers, a partial hand-rolled cigarette containing a greenish plant-like substance commonly called a “roach” and two more syringes.
A clear glass smoking device was found containing a burnt residue and a small empty corner baggy containing a white substance and a needle cap were found on an end table.
In between the mattresses, another syringe was located along with a clear glass jar with red/white lid containing a clear liquid inside.
A metal cabinet on the west side of the bed held another syringe and another blue bowl containing a clear/whitish liquid.
The total weight of the clear liquid found in the four syringes as approximately 1.1 grams. They all field tested positive for methamphetamine. The clear liquid in the two blue bowls and the glass jar also field tested positive for methamphetamine. There was a total of 14 syringes located inside Ms. Banks’ bedroom.
Carrie Banks, 41, of Peru faces charges of Violation of Probation, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Syringe, and Possession of Paraphernalia.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.