Miami County, IN – Twenty-six-year-old Tanner McReynolds of Miami, Indiana is facing charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Carrying an Handgun without a License following a traffic stop at the McClure’s station at State Road 18 / US Route 31, Kokomo on May 5, 2019 at approximately 10:55 p.m.
According to a Miami County Sheriff’s Department probable cause affidavit, Deputy Preston M. Howard was driving into the parking lot of the McClure’s gas station at State Road 18 / US Route 31, Kokomo in his fully marked Sheriff’s Department vehicle behind a blue Chevrolet Avalanche Truck. The truck had front end damage, was missing multiple windows and the Indiana license plate was hanging by only one screw.
Deputy Howard ran the license plate on the truck and it returned to a silver Chevrolet Impala. Deputy Howard parked and observed the truck park near fuel pumps facing east.
Deputy Howard then recognized the driver when he exited the truck from prior incidents with him as twenty-six-year-old Tanner McReynolds of Miami, IN. Deputy Howard asked Mr. McReynolds what was going on with the license plate and McReynolds replied that he purchased the truck in April of 2018 and placed the Impala’s license plate on the truck.
According to Deputy Howard’s report, Mr. McReynolds “became irritable and worried when I began questioning him further in regards to the truck and the license plate.”
Deputy Howard asked Mr. McReynolds of there were any weapons inside the truck and he replied no. He also stated that he was unable to locate his identification. Deputy Howard then walked to the front of the truck to run the VIN number through Central Dispatch. While advising Central Dispatch of the VIN number, Deputy Howard smelled the odor of burnt marijuana.
Mr. McReynolds was advised that Deputy Howard could smell the odor of burnt marijuana and witnessed what appeared to be a joint in the cup holder of the truck.
Mr. McReynolds became very upset and worried according to the report and asked if Deputy Howard could just let him go home.
When asked what he would find in the truck, McReynolds advised there was marijuana in his bag in the front passenger seat.
Deputy Howard witnessed Mr. McReynolds grabbing at his pants pocket. When Deputy Howard asked if he could pat him down, McReynolds became very worried and quickly stated that he was in possession of a handgun in his back pants pocket and that he did not have a permit to carry. He began to reach for his pocket and Deputy Howard advised him to place his hands on the side of the truck.
Deputy Howard then patted down McReynolds and retrieved a silver and brown .38 special Taurus revolver. McReynolds then began yelling and asking if I could just let everything go. Deputy Howard then observed McReynolds reach for his right front pocket. Again Deputy Howard asked him to place his hands back on the truck. McReynolds complied but then became upset and did not want to stand still as Deputy Howard was about to pat down his clothing. McReynolds was then placed in handcuffs.
While conducting a search of his person, Deputy Howard located a small clear baggie with a white crystal-like substance that would later test positive for methamphetamine in McReynolds front right pants pocket. A glass smoking device and another small clear plastic baggie with a white crystal-like substance was found in his left pants pocket. There were also four Hornady .38 Special gold bullets located in his front pants pockets.
McReynolds was read his rights as Deputy Bean, Sergeant Jenkins and Deputy Sites arrived to assist. Deputy Howard was then able to search the truck where he located a black bag that contained a blue glass jar with a green plant-like substance that would later test positive for marijuana. He also located a blue in color metal grinder that had the odor of raw marijuana.
Deputy Howard then removed the bullets from the firearm to make it safe. The firearm was loaded with three Hornady .38 Special gold bullets.
Central Dispatch advised that Mr. McReynolds did not possess a permit to carry a firearm.
When asked if the white crystal-like substance was crystal meth, Mr. McReynolds stated: “yes, probably.”
The truck was towed from the scene and McReynolds was transported to the Miami County Jail.
Tanner McReynolds, 26 of Miami, Indiana faces charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Carrying a Handgun Without a License. He was also issued a citation for operating a motor vehicle with false plates.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.