WARSAW — After witnessing a vehicle swerve across the centerline, an officer with the Warsaw Police Department found various drugs and a large amount of cash on the occupants.
Devin Stuart Gerding, 20, 1692 East CR 200N, Warsaw, is charged with dealing more than one gram of a narcotic drug, a level 4 felony; dealing more than one gram of cocaine, a level 4 felony; possession of a narcotic drug, a level 6 felony; possession of cocaine, a level 6 felony; possession of a syringe, a level 6 felony; dealing an excess of 30 grams of marijuana, a level 6 felony and possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor.
Tyler Dean Prater, 19, 206 North Calhoun St., South Whitley, is charged with possession of a narcotic drug, a level 6 felony and possession of a syringe, a level 6 felony.
On Sept. 27, an officer with the Warsaw Police Department observed a vehicle swerve over the centerline. The officer conducted a traffic stop and identified the driver as Gerding. Prater was located in the backseat of the vehicle with another male in the passenger’s seat.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, while speaking with Gerding, the officer observed a metal tray sticking out from under the driver’s seat and a hollowed out cigar wrapper. The officer instructed Gerding to exit the vehicle. As Gerding was exiting the vehicle, the officer observed a small baggie in the door handle area.
The officer asked Gerding if he had any narcotics in the vehicle. Gerding admitted that he did and handed over a silver metal cylinder that contained two small ziploc baggies. One baggie contained 1.3 grams of cocaine and the second baggie contained 2.4 grams of heroin.
Inside Gerding’s pocket, the officer found $5,095 with 48 of the bills being $100 bills. Gerding also removed an orange pill bottle from his crotch area that contained 6.4 grams of marijuana.
The officer then searched Prater and found a Crown Royal bag in his waistband. Prater advised there were items in the bag that would stick the officer. Inside the bag, the officer found six hypodermic needles, three metal spoons, four pieces of cotton and a significant amount of clear plastic bags. The officer field-tested one of the spoons and it tested positive for heroin.
The officer then searched the backseat of the vehicle and located a backpack. The backpack contained two large bags of marijuana that had a combined weight of 112 grams.
Prater admitted to the officer that he had been addicted to heroin for one year and had used heroin approximately two hours before the officer made the traffic stop.
Both men were booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on Sept. 28 with $15,250 bonds.