By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — A Leesburg man received a six-year sentence after officers discovered more than 18 grams of methamphetamine in his vehicle.
Ronald Alan Tackitt, 60, 4638 E. 650N, Leesburg, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 4 felony. Two additional criminal charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Tackitt was sentenced in Kosciusko Circuit Court on Monday, April 25.
On July 14, 2021, an Indiana State trooper in an unmarked patrol vehicle was observing a suspicious vehicle. When a marked police vehicle appeared in the area, the suspicious vehicle made an abrupt turn into a restaurant’s parking lot.
According to court documents, when the vehicle left the restaurant, the state trooper saw the vehicle cross the fog line on the road. The trooper then pulled the vehicle over and identified the driver as Tackitt.
While searching the vehicle, officers found a pill bottle containing 13.1 grams of methamphetamine and a plastic bag containing 5.3 grams of methamphetamine.
Tackitt told officers the methamphetamine in the vehicle belonged to him and also said he has a prior conviction for drug dealing.
For methamphetamine possession, Kosciusko Circuit Court Judge Michael Reed sentenced Tackitt to six years in the Indiana Department of Correction, with the first three years to be executed and the last three suspended on probation. Tackitt can serve the executed sentence through Kosciusko County’s work release or community corrections programs.