By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — A Silver Lake man was sentenced on a drug charge that resulted from a traffic stop.
Branden Trey Reese, 23, 6473 W. SR 14, Silver Lake, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 felony. Dealing in methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Reese was sentenced in Kosciusko Circuit Court on Monday, Sept. 28.
On March 4, 2019, a Warsaw Police officer saw a vehicle with an expired registration plate driving on Park Avenue. The officer pulled the vehicle over and identified the driver as Reese. According to court documents, while talking with Reese, the officer noticed Reese had blood on his hands and that he was holding his arm awkwardly around his torso. Reese told the officer he cut his hand inside the vehicle.
Upon searching the vehicle, the officer found digital scales, empty plastic bags and two glass smoking devices. The officer also found a Mountain Dew bottle that had white crystals inside. It appeared that methamphetamine had been dumped into the bottle in an attempt to hide, damage or alter the drugs from being used as evidence.
During court proceedings, Defense Attorney David Kolbe presented two letters of support written about Reese. Kolbe also recommended Kosciusko Circuit Court Judge Michael Reed consider community corrections or work release as options for Reese’s sentence.
For possession of methamphetamine, Judge Reed sentenced Reese to three years in the Kosciusko County Jail, with 1 1/2 years suspended on formal probation. Reed also said he had no objection to Reese serving the executed portion of his sentence through work release or community corrections.