KOSCIUSKO — An Akron man was sentenced in Kosciusko Circuit Court Monday, April 29, after officers found narcotics in his vehicle.
Daniel Lee Swafford, 26, 309 Saner Drive, Akron, was charged with possession of a narcotic drug, a level 6 felony; driving while suspended, a class A misdemeanor; false informing, a class B misdemeanor; and failure to appear, a level 6 felony.
On July 27, 2018, an officer with the Claypool Police Department observed a vehicle cross the center line of a road. The officer conducted a traffic stop and the driver, later identified as Swafford, provided false identifying information.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the officer found that Swafford’s driver’s license was suspended prior. While searching the vehicle, officers found two plastic bags containing heroin.
“Mr. Swafford realizes the consequences of his actions and is ready for a change in his life,” said Defense Attorney John Barrett.
For possession of a narcotic drug and driving while suspended, Judge Michael Reed sentenced Swafford to one year in the Kosciusko County Jail for each charge. For false informing and failure to appear, he was sentenced to 180 days in KCJ for each charge. The driving while suspended and false informing sentences will be served concurrently and are suspended on formal probation.
Swafford also has 388 days of jail time credit. Reed said he had no objection to Swafford serving his sentence through work release or community corrections.