Look-A-Like Drug Sell Nets Felony Charge

Shawn Douglas Elder

Shawn Douglas Elder

Attempting to sell a substance disguised as an illegal drug is a crime and it landed a Warsaw man in jail.

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department Drug Task Force officers, along with a K9 unit of the Warsaw Police Department, arrested Shawn Douglas Elder, 19, this morning after he attempted to sell undercover officers a look-a-like drug.

At approximately 10:18 a.m. today Elder was arrested on a preliminary charge of felony dealing in a look-a-like substance.

Deputies recently began an investigation and established an undercover purchase with Elder this morning. Elder presented his product as morphine and was taken into custody shortly afterward when it was confirmed that the product was not morphine. Indiana law stipulates that the intent to sell a substance under the disguise as an illegal drug is a criminal offense.

Elder’s bond was transported to the Kosciusko County Jail and currently has a bond set at $5,000.

The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department Drug Task Force was also assisted by the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office.



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Look-A-Like Drug Sell Nets Felony Charge — 6 Comments

  1. If whatever he was selling was actually harmless, I sure hope it is a lesser crime than selling the real thing. It hardly seems like it should be a felony.

  2. Doesn’t matter if it was harmless or not. He broke the law by attempting to sell what he says were drugs. Wouldn’t be any different if it was baking soda and he said it was cocaine.

  3. I agree with Roxanne. There is something wrong with this justice system if he has the same sentence as someone selling actual drugs.

  4. should be dropped to a misdemeanor with stipulation he pays court costs and all wages the cops wasted by investigating him and involving the K9 unit