KOSCIUSKO — Three men are facing multiple felony drug charges after officers investigated a suspicious vehicle parked in a car wash bay.
Jason Robert Halfacre, 43, 2441 West CR 250S, Warsaw, is being charged with dealing a narcotic drug more than one gram, a level 4 felony; possession of a narcotic drug, a level 6 felony; possession of methamphetamine, a level 6 felony; and possession of a syringe, a level 6 felony.
Ryan Daniel Weidenbenner, 36, 1458 Rutland Court, Winona Lake, is being charged with aiding/inducing/causing dealing in a narcotic drug more than one gram, a level 4 felony; possession of a narcotic drug, a level 6 felony; possession of methamphetamine, a level 6 felony; and possession of a syringe, a level 6 felony.
Daniel Byron Slone Jr., 31, 2507 Westside Drive, Warsaw, is being charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a narcotic drug and possession of a syringe, all level 6 felonies.
On March 4, an officer with the Warsaw Police Department responded to a suspicious vehicle in a car wash bay. Upon arrival, the officer discovered a red Toyota Camry with an expired registration plate parked in the wash bay. A male sitting in the driver’s seat was identified as Weidenbenner, a male standing beside the opened rear passenger door was identified as Slone and a male standing at the rear bumper of the car was identified as Halfacre.
Both Halfacre and Slone had active arrest warrants from Kosciusko County, and the officer began to arrest them.
The officer searched Halfacre and discovered a syringe, five orange pills, two green pills and a plastic bag containing methamphetamine. Upon searching Slone, the officer found a syringe containing methamphetamine and a wrapped paper containing heroin. Weidenbenner was then searched and the officer discovered an additional syringe containing methamphetamine.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the officer then searched the vehicle and located two smoking devices with burnt residue, a spoon with a white powder residue, six empty baggies and seven baggies containing a white powder substance. The white powder tested positive for heroin.
Weidenbenner admitted he had conversations with both Slone and Halfacre using his cell phone. On Weidenbenner’s phone were conversations with Halfacre and Slone discussing heroin drug transactions. Weidenbenner further told the officer that Halfacre offered to pay in cash and provide drugs for driving Halfacre around to do drug transactions. The two have done these trips on two or three occasions, selling drugs at least seven different times per trip.