By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — A Columbia City man will serve three years in prison after dealing morphine pills.
Shawn Richard Daniels, 38, 1404 W. CR 400N, Columbia City, was charged with dealing in a narcotic drug, a level 4 felony.
Possession of a narcotic drug and methamphetamine possession charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. A second narcotic dealing case was also dismissed.
Daniels was sentenced in Kosciusko Circuit Court on Thursday, Sept. 3.
On Dec. 3, 2019, a NET43 officer made a controlled purchase of morphine pills, a narcotic drug, from Daniels. According to court documents, the officer provided Daniels with NET43 documented funds in exchange for five pills that were later confirmed to contain morphine.
Later that same day, an Indiana State Police officer traveling on SR 13 in North Webster noticed a vehicle with an improperly functioning tail-light. The officer pulled the vehicle over and identified one of the passengers as Daniels.
While searching the vehicle, the officer found more than 11 grams of morphine pills in a container. Daniels told the officer that he was helping sell morphine pills.
For dealing in a narcotic drug, Kosciusko Circuit Court Judge Michael Reed sentenced Daniels to three years in the Indiana Department of Correction and recommended him for the Recovery While Incarcerated program.