Miami County, IN – Recently, eight departments in north central Indiana teamed up for three days to help stem the flow of illegal narcotics into Hoosier communities.
Officers from the Indiana State Police, the Miami County Sheriff’s Department, the Peru Police Department, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, the Jonesboro Police Department and the Grant County J.E.A.N Team utilized marked and unmarked police cars to conduct saturation patrols on U.S. 31 in Miami, Howard, and Fulton Counties. Patrol officers were augmented by K-9 officers utilizing narcotic detecting police dogs.
Officers dubbed the unannounced three-day patrols “Operation Highway Heat.”
This is part two of Peru Indiana Today’s profiles of some of the arrests from this three-day operation.
Joseph William Wolff, Woodstock, GA, was arrested by Peru Police Department on charged of Possession of Schedule I, Possession of Schedule II and Possession of Marijuana.
PPD Officer James J. Ulery assisted Sergeant Raber to conduct a traffic stop on a gray 2006 Toyota on June 26th at approximately 11:56 a.m. in the area of N. US Route 31 / W. Division Rd., Peru. The stop was conducted for following too closely.
Sergeant Raber reported that when she made contact with the driver, she could detect the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The driver reportedly told Sergeant Raber that they had a vape pen inside the vehicle.
PPD Officer Smith stood by with the two occupants of the vehicle while Sergeant Raber and Officer Ulery conducted the search of the vehicle. Officer Ulery located a toy gold glove under the passenger front seat that held a sealed plastic bag. Inside the plastic bag he observed three different types of Dank Vape Cells (Contain 92.59% of THC in each cell), a small bag of a greenish plant like substances that would later test positive for marijuana and weighed approximately 5.4 grams, seven orange/white tablets that say Adderall 25mg and a small clear plastic bag containing a white powdery like substance that tested positive for cocaine.
Sergeant Raber advised that she located some greenish plant-like substance that appeared to be marijuana inside a deodorant container. The substance would test positive for marijuana and weighed approximately 4.0 grams.
The marijuana inside the deodorant container belonged to the driver of the vehicle whose name was redacted from the report. That individual received a summons to Superior Court for July 2, 2019, at 4:00 p.m.
The other items belonged to Mr. Wolff who was transported to the Miami County Jail.
Andres Hernandez, 25, Miami, FL, was arrested by Indiana State Police on charges of Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Marijuana.
ISP Trooper Chad Babbs conducted a traffic stop on a 2019 white Dodge that was traveling in the left lane for an extended period at 68 miles per hour in a 60 mile per hour zone. Upon being stopped, the driver, whose name was redacted from the report by the Miami County Prosecutor’s Officer stated she was not aware she was speeding and was also unaware of the Indiana law regarding the left lane violation.
As Trooper Babbs was speaking with the driver, he could detect the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. He then asked all three occupants of the vehicle if there was anything illegal inside the vehicle and all three stated there was nothing in the vehicle.
Upon search of the vehicle, Trooper Babbs located a plastic bag that contained a plant-like material that would later field test positive for marijuana that was located inside a yoga mat. Also located inside this yoga mat was a plastic bag containing a mushroom-like substance.
A search of the trunk would find a blue bag which contained a cube-like white crystal substance. Also, inside the blue bag was a brown rolled paper, containing a plat material that would later test positive for marijuana.
All occupants were then read their rights. Mr. Hernandez stated that all the items in the car and trunk were his.
Hernandez was transported to the Miami County Jail without further incident.
Jason Swafford, 27, of Lavergne, TN, was arrested by Indiana State Police on charges of Possession of Controlled Substance X4 and Possession of Marijuana.
ISP Trooper Mario A. Cruz and ISP Trooper Abigail Russel assisted Cass County Deputy Ryan Preston with a traffic stop on a 2016 Silver Jeep on Northbound US Route 31 / 850 S. on June 29, 2019, at approximately 3:35 p.m.
Upon arrival, Trooper Cruz advised Deputy Preston that he would assume control of the stop and Deputy Preston would conduct a free air sniff of the vehicle with his K9 partner.
After a positive alert from the K9, the male driver was identified as Jason Swafford, 27 of Lavergne, TN. Swafford along with a female passenger, whose name was redacted from the report by the Miami County Prosecutor’s office were asked to step out of the vehicle for a search.
A vehicle search was conducted by Trooper Adam York, Trooper Dukengston Laveche and Trooper Cruz. Both subjects were read their rights while the search was conducted.
The search would locate a gray bag that contained a small teal and purple bag. Inside this teal and purple bag was an orange plastic pill bottle containing a pink folded paper and a plastic bag containing a clear crystal-like substance. The pink folded paper contained 3 pieces of a perforated square paper-like material. The teal and purple bag also contained aluminum foil which contained chocolate-like substance. Also inside the teal and purple bag was a plastic bag containing a gray powder-like substance, a plastic bag containing a mushroom-like material, a plastic bag containing a small metal spoon and chain and 2 class cartridges filled with a brown oil-like substance as well as two small plastic bags containing a white powder-like substance.
Mr. Swafford advised the items all belonged to the owner of the vehicle. Both subjects advised they were traveling to Michigan and were to pick up the owner of the vehicle at the Grand Rapids, Michigan Airport. They advised they did not know the items were in the vehicle.
When asked if they knew what the items were that were located, they both advised possibly psilocybin mushrooms, MDMA and Ketamine. They both continued to advise that the substances found were not theirs.
Due to Swafford being the driver and in possession of the vehicle, he was placed under arrest for the contents of the vehicle. Swafford was also cited for unsafe lane movement, which was the original reason for the traffic stop.
Lacey Crouch, 21, of Manchester, TN, was arrested by Indiana State Police on a charge of Possession of Controlled Substance.
Kaitlin Demonbreun, 24, of Murfreesboro, TN, was arrested by Indiana State Police on charges of Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.
On June 26, 2019, at approximately 4:10 p.m., ISP Trooper Doug Weaver observed a 2012 Gold Chevrolet passenger vehicle merge from the passing (left) lane of US Route 31 to the driving (right) lane without signaling its intention to change lanes near the intersection of Country Road 450 N.
A stop was conducted, and the driver was identified as Kaitlin Demonbreun of Tennessee along with passenger Lacey Crouch also of Tennessee.
ISP Trooper Andy Baldwin arrived and took over the stop at this time. Trooper Weaver then conducted a “free air sniff” with his K9 partner with a positive result.
During a subsequent vehicle search, a plastic container was located inside a duffel bag in the back seat. Inside the contained plant material was located that would later field test positive for marijuana. Also, inside the container was a foil-wrapped sheet of perforated paper, which later tested positive for LSD. Also, inside the container was foil-wrapped edible chocolate and four rolled cigarettes with plant material inside. In the trunk was a bag containing a plastic smoking device.
Both subjects were read their rights. Ms. Demonbreun stated that everything in the container was hers. She stated that the chocolate was a THC edible and that the smoking device was hers.
A search of Ms. Crouch located a foil-wrapped sheet of perforated paper that Crouch identified as LSD.
Both subjects were transported to the Miami County Jail without incident.