Converse, IN – A Converse man is facing charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia and Dealing Marijuana following his arrest on February 18, 2019.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, Miami County Deputy Preston M. Howard was patrolling the Lakeview Mobile Home Park located on West Harrison Street in Converse at approximately 9:53 p.m. on Monday, February 18, 2019, when he smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from one of the trailers.
Deputy Howard exited his patrol vehicle and began walking through the park to confirm the origin of the smell. Shortly after leaving his vehicle, he met Converse Police Officer Chet Sites on the scene of the original trailer where the odor was first detected.
Officer Sites confirmed the odor was coming from the residence. Officer Sites knocked on the door where a male, identified as Matthew Saylors, 42 of Converse was located inside. Officer Sites asked Matthew if he had been smoking marijuana and he replied yes. Deputy Howard asked if the officers could step inside the residence and talk. Matthew agreed.
Once inside the residence, the odor of marijuana was much stronger. Matthew then told a female who was sitting in the living room area that “I’m going to jail.” The female was identified as Matthew’s live-in girlfriend. Her name was redacted from the report by the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office.
Matthew directed officers to a silver tray that was setting between two chairs in the living room which contained a brown glass smoking device, a silver in color grinder, a rolled up clear plastic baggie containing a green plant-like substance and a medicine bottle containing a dark color paste-like substance. When asked about the paste-like material, Matthew stated it was the residue from his pipes. He stated that he would scape the residue out and smoke it if he runs out of marijuana.
Matthew advised that he had just smoked a bowl before the officers arrived on the scene.
When asked if there was anything else in the home the officers needed to be aware of, Matthew paused a moment and then pointed to the bottom drawer of an end table. Inside the drawer were multiple rolled up baggies containing a green plant-like substance that appeared to be marijuana. A silver digital weight scale was also sitting next to the baggies.
Matthew was then advised of his rights and waived them. He was again asked if there was anything else in the residence that Officers needed to know about, Matthew stated there were two other smoking devices in a cabinet.
Officer Sites asked Matthew if he was dealing due to the way the marijuana was packaged in the drawer and Matthew stated “yes.”
Matthew then consented to a search of the residence. In total seven bags of marijuana were located in the end table drawer. There were also five medicine bottles containing seed-like material. Matthew advised they were Marijuana seeds and that he chews on the seeds because they taste good. Matthew denied growing marijuana.
A wallet was located that contained approximately $200.00 cash. When asked if the money was earned from dealing, Matthew said no. He then showed the officers a pocket in the wallet that held $320.00 that he stated was from dealing.
At approximately 10:41 p.m. Matthew was placed in hand restraints and escorted to the patrol vehicle for transport to the Miami County Jail. Matthew then gave a recorded sworn statement reiterating everything he had originally told officers inside the residence.
While en-route to the jail, Matthew stated that he smokes marijuana two to three times per day. He advised that he obtained the marijuana from an unknown source and deals the marijuana to friends. He also stated that he would not deal to any of the children that were in the mobile home park.
Matthew Saylors, 42, of Converse, was arrested by Miami County Sheriff’s Department on charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Dealing Marijuana.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.