By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — A Warsaw man with a prior drug history was recently arrested on multiple drug charges.
Dennis R. Deaton Jr., 50, 317 W. Smith St., Warsaw, is charged with dealing methamphetamine, a level 2 felony; possession of methamphetamine with enhancing circumstances, a level 3 felony; possession of a narcotic drug with enhancing circumstances, a level 5 felony; possession of a controlled substance with enhancing circumstances and unlawful possession of a syringe, both level 6 felonies; and possession of paraphernalia, a class C misdemeanor.
On May 25, a Warsaw Police officer noticed a vehicle driving left of center and pulled the vehicle over. The vehicle’s driver, a woman, removed a plastic bag containing three grams of meth from her pants.
According to court documents, the woman told the officer she obtained the drugs from Deaton and was supposed to deliver them.
The NET 43 Drug Task Force then obtained a search warrant for Deaton’s home. In the residence, officers found 26.2 grams of meth; a large quantity of plastic bags used to package drugs; six syringes; eight counterfeit pills containing fentanyl, a narcotic drug; eight pills identified as a controlled substance; and drug paraphernalia.
Officers also found a cellphone with open text messages related to the possession and dealing of illegal drugs. The text messages indicated Deaton was the individual communicating from the phone.
At the time of this incident, Deaton was on pretrial release for multiple charges related to drug dealing and possession. He also has prior convictions for meth manufacturing and cocaine possession.
No criminal charges against the woman pulled over by police have been filed.
For this case, Deaton was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail on May 25, with a $51,000 surety and cash bond.