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 Three of Peru Indiana Today’s profiles of some of the arrests from this three-day operation.
Lauren Davis, 25, of Savanna, GA, was arrested by Peru Police Department on a charge of Possession of Cocaine.
PPD Officer Brindle conducted a traffic stop in a vehicle for failure to maintain their driving lane at the intersection of US Route 31 and US Route 24 on June 25, 2019, at approximately 12:03 p.m.
The driver was identified as twenty-five-year-old Lauren Davis of Savanna, GA. While Officer Ulery was checking her driving status and issuing her a written warning, Officer Brindle conducted a “free air sniff” with his K9 Darro. The K9 had a change of behavior on the back passenger side door of the vehicle.
The passenger of the vehicle advised there was nothing illegal inside the vehicle. Lauren then advised that there was something inside her snakeskin purse that the passenger didn’t know about. Lauren advised she had cocaine in the bag.
A search of the bag would locate a small gold box containing a small white rock, a razor blade, a straw, and a small baggy. The white rock would later field test positive for cocaine and weighed .3 grams.
Lauren was then transported to the Miami County Jail on a charge of Possession of Cocaine.
Lindsay LaVilla, 22, of Acworth, GA, was arrested by Indiana State Police on a charge of Possession of Controlled Substance.
On June 25, 2019, at approximately 12:51 p.m. ISP Trooper Matthew Moon and Trooper Chad Babbs, observed a white Nissan Rogue traveling northbound on US Route 31 at a high rate of speed. Using the handheld Lidar system, Trooper Moon clocked the Nissan at 69 miles per hour in the 60 mile per hour zone.
A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle in the area of US Route 31 / CR 900 S., in Miami County. The driver, whose name was redacted from the report by the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office apologized for her speed an acknowledged that she was going too fast.
Cass County Deputy Ryan Preston arrived with his K9 and conducted a “free air sniff” around the vehicle. The K9 positively alerted to the odor of illegal narcotics on the driver’s side door.
A search was then conducted of the vehicle and the occupants. Trooper Babbs located a clear plastic bag containing two four side white tablets labeled “M/10”. The pills were found to be Amphetamine/Dextroamphetamine 10mg, (known as Adderall), a schedule II-controlled substance.
The back-seat passenger, identified as Lindsay LaVilla, 22 of Acworth, GA stated the pills were her roommates and she forgot they were still in the driver’s side door.
Ms. LaVilla was placed under arrest and transported to the custody of the Miami County Jail staff.
Mary O’Connor, 25, of Ashville, NC was arrested by Peru Police Department on charged of Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Schedule II.
On June 26, 2019, at Approximately 2:02 p.m., Officer James Ulery assisted PPD Officer Brindle with a traffic stop in the area of US Route 31 / W. Division Road.
Upon arrival, Officer Brindle advised the reason for the stop was following too closely. Officer Ulery took possession of the driver’s license and began to write the warning for the infraction.
Upon returning to the vehicle, a search was conducted. Inside a pink purse, Officer Brindle located 10 look-a-like greenish plant like tablets, 6 light green liquid tablets which smelled like marijuana, a small Batman plastic bag containing a white powdery substance which later field tested positive for cocaine, a pink vile containing a white powdery substance that would later field test positive for cocaine, a prescription bottle containing pills identified as amphetamine and dextroamphetamine.
A passenger, identified as Mary O’Connor, 25 of Ashville, NC advised officer Brindle that there were some illegal items in her bag.
Ms. O’Connor was transported to the Miami County Jail without incident.
Ann Rednour, 26, of Bessemer City, NC was arrested by Peru Police Department on charges of Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of THC, and Possession of Narcotic.
On June 26, 2019, at approximately 5:06 p.m. PPD Officer Michael J. Vinopal assisted Officer Brindle with a traffic stop at the location of US Route 31 / 100 N., in Miami County.
Upon arrival, Officer Brindle was speaking with the driver inside the vehicle as PPD Officer Raber was conducting a “free air sniff” around the vehicle with her K9 partner. The K9 showed a change of behavior on the vehicle indicating the presence of illegal narcotics.
Sergeant Raber informed Officer Vinapal that she had already located a vape pen that the driver admitted to containing THC.
A search was then conducted of the vehicle. Inside a duffel bag that came out of the trunk, Vinapal located two sandwich baggies containing mushrooms. Also located inside the pages of a book was a foil-wrapped item that was rectangle and flat. Officer Vinapal opened the item which contained a cardboard type piece of paper that had small cuts taken out of the paper. Officer Vinapal recognized this item as LDS. While he was obtaining an evidence bag, Sergeant Raber located another foil wrapper inside the same book.
The driver, identified as Ann Rednour, 26 of Bessemer City, NC was placed under arrest and transported to the Miami County Jail.
Travis Smith, 30, of Tampa, FL was arrested by Peru Police Department on charges of Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Controlled Substance X2.
On June 27, 2019, at approximately 1:23 p.m., PPD Officer Brok Westfall stopped a black in color SUV near the intersection of US Route 31 / 200 N. in Miami County. The reason for the stop was the SUV slowed down and failed to move over into the driving lane causing a truck to change lanes into the driving lane to pass the SUV.
The driver was identified as Travis Smith, 30 of Tampa, FL. While checking his driving status, PPD Sergeant Raber used her K9 partner to conduct a free air sniff around the vehicle with a positive result for the odor of narcotics.
A search of the vehicle and occupants was then conducted. While searching the SUV, Sergeant Raber reported that she located several items of paraphernalia in a blue duffle bag.
Officer Westfall located a large number of mushrooms inside a brown box in the trunk. He also located a pill bottle with 20 blue and white pills that contained a brownish crystal substance that would field test positive for MDMA, a yellow pill bottle that contained two wax pieces of paper that contained a brown wax-like substance that would later field test positive for marijuana and one blue pill bottle that contained a plastic bag that held seven dime size bags that contained a white powdery substance that would later field test positive for cocaine.
Travis was then transported to the Miami County Jail.
James Walton, 25, of Hickory, NC was arrested by Peru Police Department on a charge of Possession of Look-a-like Drug.
PPD Officer Brindle advised PPD Officer Westfall of a Silver in color SUV that had crossed the fog line near the area of US Route 31 / W. Division Rd., Peru. He also reported that the vehicle had a cracked windshield. Officer Westfall observed the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop in the area of US Route 31 / CR 100 N.
While checking the status of the driver, whose name was redacted from the report by the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, Officer Bindle conducted a “free air sniff” with his K9 partner Darro. The K9 alerted to the odor of illegal narcotics inside the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle and passengers was conducted. Officer Brindle searched a passenger by the name of James Walton, 25 of Hickory, NC. He located a clear plastic bag that was tied and contained a whiteish clear crystal-like substance. While dealing with Mr. Walton, he became verbally combative and was placed in handcuffs.
Three “joints” were also located in the center console. The driver was issued a summons for Marijuana.
The crystal-like substance did not test positive for cocaine or meth. While attempting to test the substance, Mr. Walton advised that it was not drugs and that a guy gave it to him.
Walton was then placed under arrest for possession of a look-a-like substance. Walton continued to be verbally combative while en-route to the Miami County Jail.
Andrew Garcia, 26, of Valrico, FL was arrested by Indiana State Police on charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Possession of Controlled Substance.
On June 27, 2019 at approximately 3:45 p.m., ISP Trooper Matthew Moon stopped a silver 2017 Hyundai traveling northbound on US Route 3412 near Graber Dr. Trooper Moon was advised by Detective Renbarger that the Hyundai had crossed the fox line twice and was traveling approximately 66 miles per hour in a 60 mile per hour zone.
The driver was identified as Andrew Garcia, 26, of Valrico, FL.
Cass County Deputy Ryan Preston arrived with his K9 and conducted a “free air sniff” around the suspect vehicle with a positive result.
Upon being informed of the result, Garcia stated that he had an e-cigarette attachment in the vehicle that continued THC.
Det. Renbarger arrived on scene to assist with the search. The e-cigarette was located inside a duffle bag. The brown oil-like substance tested positive for marijuana and Mr. Garcia stated this was his.
Det. Renbarger also located two small manila envelopes inside the clothing. The first was labeled “OG KUSH – Containing cannabis, a schedule I controlled substance”. This envelope contained a wax-like substance that tested positive for Marijuana.
The second envelope was labeled “Gelato – containing cannabis, a schedule I controlled substance”. This envelope contained a wax-like substance that also tested positive for marijuana. Garcia stated that both envelopes were his.
Also located was a clear plastic zip-lock bag containing five orange colored, oval tablets (labeled “b/973 20”). These pills were identified as Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine 20mg (known as Adderall), a schedule II-controlled substance. Garcia stated that the pills were his and he did not have a prescription.
Det. Renbarger also located a green and black silicone material, smoking device wrapped in a pair of pants that contained a burnt like substance in the bowl, and a clear glass smoking device with a blue spiral located in the trunk. Mr. Garcia stated he used the devices to smoke marijuana.
A search of Garcia’s person also located a ½ orange tablet labeled “2” that was similar to the five tablets found in the duffle bag. Garcia stated this was also Adderall.
Mr. Garcia was then transported to the Miami County Jail on charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Possession of Controlled Substance.
David Lang, 26, of Stone Mountain, GA, was arrested on charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Controlled Substance.
On Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at approximately 1:00 p.m., Trooper Andrew Baldwin and Trooper Douglas Weaver were asked to assist Cass County Deputy Ryan Preston with a traffic stop on US Route 31 at 400 West in Miami County. Preston had stopped a 2007 Volkswagon for speeding.
Upon arrival, Preston used his K9 to conduct a “free air sniff” around the vehicle with a positive result.
The driver was identified as David Lang, 26 of Stone Mountain, GA. A search of the vehicle would locate suspected Marijuana and Psychedelic mushrooms in a camouflage duffel bag in the trunk of the vehicle
Lang stated the bag and the drugs were his.
He was transported to the Miami County Jail without incident. The vehicle was released to the passenger.
Andrew Bossio, 30, of Orlando, FL, was arrested by Peru Police Department on a charge of False Identity Statement.
During a traffic stop conducted on a white vehicle that had crossed the fog line on US Route 31 near Business 31 in Miami County at approximately 7:21 p.m. on June 26, 2019, the driver, whose name was redacted from the report by the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office was cited and released for possession of Marijuana.
During the stop, a passenger identified himself with a Colorado identification. During the search of the vehicle, the passenger’s correct FL identification was located, identifying the subject as Andrew Bossio, 30 of Orlando. Andrew advised that he was out on bond and got scared so he handed officers his friend's ID.
Andrew Bossio was then placed under arrest for Identity deception and transported to the Miami County Jail.
Logan Chittick, 22, of Ashville, NC, was arrested by Indiana State Police on charges of Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.
ISP Trooper T.J. Zeiser conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that had a license plate cover on it that covered the bottom of the license plate preventing anyone from seeing the issuing state. The stop was conducted at 11:16 a.m. on June 26, 2019, near the intersection of US Route 31 and W. Division Rd. in Miami County.
The driver was identified as Logan Chittick of Ashville, NC. Upon talking with Mr. Chittick, Trooper Zeiser detected the strong odor of green marijuana emitting from the vehicle.
Upon being read his rights and being questioned, Chittick first denied then admitted that there was marijuana and MDMA in the car. At this time, Mr. Chittick was placed in handcuffs and was searched. During the search, Trooper Zeiser located a small glass container with a black lid that contained a white powdery substance. Mr. Chittick stated that this substance was “Molly”.
During a search of the vehicle, conducted with the assistance of ISP Troopers Moon, Baldwin, Glass and Weaver, the suspected marijuana was located inside a black toiletry bag with a lock on it behind the passenger seat. Chittick provided the code for the lock to officers. The bag also contained a smaller bag of a brown powder substance and another plastic bag containing a crystal rock-like substance. These items field tested positive for MDMA.
Chittick was then transported to the Miami County Jail.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.