KOSCIUSKO — A local homeless man was arrested for attempting to deal in methamphetamine after receiving a package addressed to Bruce Banner of Hulk Industry.
Eric Scott McFarland, 37, is being charged with attempted dealing in methamphetamine, a level 2 felony; and attempted possession of methamphetamine, a level 3 felony.
On June 5, officers with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department responded to a gun call at a Silver Lake residence. Officers arrested Seth J. Deamaral, Dale B. Stephens and Douglas E. Marsillett II for gun related charges. During this incident, shots were fired on the property and several guns were seized. All three individuals are still incarcerated on these charges.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the three agreed that the incident was a type of robbery over drugs and money. They told officers that they were waiting for a package to be delivered to the Silver Lake residence by UPS or USPS.
Officers alerted the UPS distribution center in Bourbon about the possibility of illegal drugs being shipped to the residence.
On June 19, the Bourbon UPS distribution center contacted officers regarding a package that was to be delivered to the Silver Lake residence. It was addressed to Bruce Banner of Hulk Industry. The sender of the package was from California.
A K9 officer conducted an outer air search of the package and made a positive alert on the suspected package.
When officers opened the package, they observed a small cardboard box that contained a plastic bag with a crystal substance. It tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed approximately 57 grams.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, officers delivered the package to the residence. A female subject received the package, stating she would give it to Bruce Banner. When officers spoke with the female, she stated the package was for McFarland and that he had been dealing methamphetamine from the residence.
Officers spoke with McFarland and he admitted that he had sent money to California for payment of the methamphetamine that was to be delivered by UPS.
McFarland was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on June 19, with a $25,250 surety and cash bond.