Peru, IN – Peru Police Officers conducting a welfare check on a two-month-old baby led to the arrest of a man and woman on drug charges on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at approximately 10:23 p.m.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Peru Police Officer Brok Westfall was assisting Officer Russ Tussey on a welfare check of a two-month-old baby. That investigation led them to an address that the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office redacted from the report. Once at that address, Officers detected the odor of marijuana.
Officers advised the homeowner that they were looking for a subject whose name was redacted from the report by the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, to ask her questions about her child. The homeowner advised the subject was present at the residence.
While Officer Tussy continued his investigation into the child’s welfare, and before Officer Westfall asked the subjects about the marijuana odor, one of the subjects exited the living room and entered a bedroom before Officer Westfall could stop her. After several seconds, she returned to the living room. The subject was then advised to stay in the living room. The subject then advised that she was checking on her guests in her bedroom.
Officer Westfall then went to the bedroom to have those individuals come to the living room. Once he entered the bedroom, he observed a male subject he knew to be Troy A. Sowell, 42, of Kokomo, IN. Mr. Sowell was known to have an active warrant through Miami County. Another male subject whose name was redacted from the report by the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office and a female by the name of Markeysha G. Spells, 31, Homeless were also seated in the room.
While placing Mr. Sowell in handcuffs, Officer Westfall noted a small trash can, directly in front of Mr. Sowell. In plain view in this trash can was a plastic bag containing a green leafy plant-like substance that would later test positive for marijuana and weight approximately 7.4 grams. Also located in the trash was a bag that contained a crystal rock-like substance that would later test positive for methamphetamine and weight approximately 13.6 grams.
All subjects were then escorted to the living room. The items in the trash can were then secured and PPD Detective Grant was contacted.
After Detective Grant arrived on the scene, Mr. Sowell was escorted to the hallway outside of the apartment and was read his rights. Mr. Sowell advised that the items in the trash can were his. Sowell was then transported to the Peru Police Department and later to the Miami County Jail.
Detective Grant then had one of the subjects whose names was redacted from the report step out into the hallway. This subject signed a consent to search form for the bedroom. The subject freely stated that she had marijuana in her bedroom.
A search of the bedroom was then conducted by Officer Westfall. Items located in the bedroom included: A plastic contained in the left-hand side nightstand that contained a plastic bag that held a green leafy plant-like substance that would later test positive for marijuana and weighed 9.5 grams, a box with a small silver grinder and other items of paraphernalia.
A glass smoking device with a white residue was located in the right-side nightstand. The subject stated that this item was not hers as all she does is smoke marijuana.
Also located on the right-side nightstand was a yellow pill bottle that had no label that contained 13 white pills, later identified as Trazadone, a black zip-up case that held several small size plastic bags. A glass pike that contained a white residue and two plastic bags that contained a crystal-like substance. There was also a mirror that contained a white powdery residue and also had a credit card and a razor blade stuck to it.
There were also several more items of paraphernalia located throughout the bedroom along with several more empty plastic bags. These items were collected and secured in Officer Westfall’s Police vehicle.
Once back at the Peru Police Department, Detective Grant interviewed all three subjects. Markeysah Spells advised that she brought Troy Sowell the items located in the trash can.
After Ms. Spells was transported to the Miami County Jail, Officer Westfall was advised by jail staff that several items were located on her person by jail staff. These items were collected by the Peru Police Department and included a glass smoking device with a white residue, a rubber hose that contained a white residue, a broke pipe that contained a white residue, a tied plastic bag that contained a white pasty substance, a green plastic bag that contained two partially smoked blunts that emitted the odor of marijuana, a small plastic bag that contained a brownish white substance, a red plastic bag that contained a brown wax-like substance, a large plastic bag that contained a brown wax-like substance, several different types of pills, and several empty plastic bags.
The pills were identified as Tramadol Hydrochloride, a schedule IV-controlled substance. The brown wax substance field tested positive for marijuana. The brownish white substance and pasty white substance did not field test positive for meth, cocaine or heroin.
Troy Sowell, 42 of Kokomo was transported to the Miami County jail on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana as well as his warrant.
Markeysha Spells, 31, Homeless, faces charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Look-a-Like Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Paraphernalia.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.