WARSAW — Brandon Charles Carpenter, 29, homeless, was booked into Kosciusko County Jail, Sunday, April 6, and charged with possession of a narcotic drug, a level 6 felony.
On April 6, Officer Joseph D. Bumbaugh, of the Winona Lake Police Department, responded to a complaint of an older, white Cadillac sitting in a residential driveway. By the time Bumbaugh arrived the Cadillac had moved from the driveway and was parked on the side of the road near the resident’s mailbox with the motor running.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Bumbaugh observed two people in the vehicle, a female behind the wheel and a man in the passenger seat. Bumbaugh reported that both subjects appeared lethargic and their eyes were red and “drooped.”
Bumbaugh stated he recognized Carpenter’s name as being involved with drug activity. The female subject was identified as Arista Ann Butcher.
Warsaw Police Officer Travis Shively brought his K-9 to the scene to conduct an outer air search of the Cadillac and the dog alerted Shively of possible drugs in the vehicle. Butcher admitted there was Xanax and heroin in the vehicle and that she had injected heroin approximately two hours before Bumbaugh showed up.
The officers searched the vehicle and found digital scales and four used cotton balls. In Butcher’s purse officers found a yellow pill identified as Clonazepam, a schedule IV controlled substance and a plastic bag containing a residue.
Butcher admitted the yellow pill was indeed Clonazepam and that she did not have a prescription for the drug. She told the officers the plastic bag was her meth. Butcher said she and Carpenter had five or six bags of heroin and were going to trade another person the heroin for Xanax.
When officers searched Carpenter they found a plastic bag in his pocket and four plastic bags in his shoe that field tested positive for heroin.