NOTE: Ink Free News has been notified that the information received pertaining to this story stems from charges filed in January. The information on the booking sheet should have read, “failure to appear.”
The original article from January can be accessed here.
WARSAW — Chase Allen Elder, 31, 4447 N. Third Place, Leesburg, has been arrested following complaints officers received Jan. 5 that he was dealing methamphetamine.
According to an affidavit of probable cause from Kosciusko County courts, the Warsaw Police Department narcotics team received two separate tips that Elder was dealing crystal methamphetamine and had weapons. They also discovered he was on probation.
Officers with WPD, along with Indiana State Police officers and a probation officer, went to the above-mentioned residence, where they received consent from both Elder and his mother to search the home.
Officers found drug paraphernalia and more than 5 grams of methamphetamine in Elder’s bedroom. In addition, they found a 9 mm Hi-Point carbine and a locked box contained paraphernalia and $1,790 in cash.
Elder later admitted to using illegal drugs and that he both knew about and has held the gun.
During the search, officers also found a locked Sentry safe. Elder claimed to now know where the key to the safe was and that he didn’t know it was there. Officers later obtained a search warrant for the safe and found a gun manual and plastic bags containing meth.
Officers spoke with a female subject who admitted to dealing around a ounce of meth every two weeks and that she and Elder would purchase meth for around $1,400, then sell it for $120 per gram.
After obtaining a warrant to search Elder’s phone, officers discovered messages pertaining to buying and selling illegal drugs.
Officers found that both Elder and the female subject had each been convicted in Kosciusko County Circuit Court of dealing methamphetamine, a class B felony.
Elder was arrested on charges of dealing methamphetamine enhancing circumstances, a level 3 felony, possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 felony, and possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, a level 4 felony. He was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail with bond set at $40,000 surety and cash.