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Posted on Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 - - - This post has 1 views
Traffic Stop Leads to Wanted Subject and Meth
New Castle – Sunday morning (2/25) around 2 a.m. Trooper J.T. Burns was driving north through New Castle when, in the area of Main St. and “G” Avenue, he came upon a vehicle stopped in the north bound lane of Main with no visible license plate. Burns pulled up behind the vehicle, activated his lights and made contact with the male driver and two passengers.
After speaking with the driver, James Smith, age 27, he found that the license plate to the car was lying flat inside the back window and not visible, which is illegal. Burns also determined that Smith was driving while his license was suspended. A female passenger in the front seat was determined to have a valid license, but a male in the back seat continued to give Burns incorrect identification information.
New Castle K-9 Officer Brandy Pierce was nearby with her partner “Lex”, and came to assist Burns. Pierce led “Lex” around the outside of the vehicle for an open air search, and the dog alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle. Further investigation by the officers found the back seat passenger was in possession of a syringe and methamphetamine.
That back seat passenger, who was later identified as Harley Zachary, age 26 of New Castle, was also found to be wanted on a felony Henry County warrant for Possession of Methamphetamine. Zachary was lodged in the Henry County Jail for the felony arrest warrant, as well as new charges of Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe, Level 6 Felony, Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 6 Felony, and misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance and False Informing.
The driver, James Smith, was cited and released for Driving While License Suspended. Trooper Burns was assisted in his investigation by New Castle Police Sergeant Hedges and Officers Pierce and Reece. Drug investigations often begin with an anonymous tip from a concerned citizen. Anyone with information about illegal drug activity may call the Indiana State Police Drug Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756. Tips can be made and kept anonymous.
All Suspects Are Presumed Innocent Until Proven Guilty in a Court of Law