WARSAW — A Warsaw man was recently arrested after a traffic stop led to the discovery of over 16 grams of methamphetamine.
David Lee Hyde, 54, 665 W. Jefferson St., Warsaw, is being charged with dealing in methamphetamine, a level 2 felony; possession of methamphetamine, a level 4 felony; and possession of paraphernalia, a class C misdemeanor.
On Jan 16, an officer with the Indiana State Police observed a silver Nissan Versa traveling faster than the posted speed limit. A traffic stop was made and the vehicle came to stop near the intersection of Armstrong Road and CR 300E in Leesburg. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Hyde.
The officer observed that Hyde was exhibiting nervous behavior and requested a K-9 unit to arrive on scene. An outer-air search of the vehicle was conducted and the K-9 made a positive alert for the odor of illegal drugs in the vehicle. The alert was made near the driver’s side door, where Hyde had been sitting.
The officers then proceeded to search Hyde. According to the affidavit of probable cause, the officers located two bags containing a blue/white powder-like substance, two bags containing coffee filters and a white powdery substance, one bag containing a crystal-like substance, one digital scale, one glass smoking device and one bag containing 1.3 grams of marijuana.
The powdery and crystal-like substances field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Altogether, there were 16.2 grams of methamphetamine on Hyde’s person and in the vehicle.
One of the vehicle’s passengers told officers that Hyde was a dealer of illegal drugs and provided them with methamphetamine. Given the quality of methamphetamine, the way the drugs were packaged in individual portions and the passenger’s statement, the officer determined that Hyde possessed methamphetamine with the intent to deliver it.
Hyde was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on Aug. 29, with a bond of $25,850 surety and cash.