By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — A South Bend man will serve 15 years in prison for three criminal cases involving drugs.
Kenyon Dwight Harris, 37, South Bend, was sentenced in three criminal cases. He was charged with dealing methamphetamine, a level 3 felony; dealing methamphetamine and possession of a narcotic drug, both level 4 felonies; and neglect of a dependent, a level 5 felony.
Thirteen additional charges, and a separate drug possession case, were all dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Harris was sentenced in Kosciusko Circuit Court on Monday, Nov. 20.
For the Level 3 dealing meth charge, Harris received a nine-year sentence at the Indiana Department of Correction, with six years executed and three years suspended on probation. He also received a four-year DOC sentence for the Level 4 meth dealing charge, three years in DOC for possession of a narcotic drug, and two years in DOC for neglect of a dependent. All of Harris’ charges will be served back-to-back.
In total, Harris received an 18-year sentence, with 15 years executed and three years suspended on probation.
On March 3, 2022, a Warsaw Police officer pulled Harris’ vehicle over, as Harris is a habitual traffic violator for life. According to court documents, upon searching Harris’ vehicle, officers found a bag containing 21.3 grams of heroin.
Sometime in September 2022, the NET43 Drug Task Force purchased 1.8 grams of meth from Harris. Digital surveillance showed a very young toddler was inside Harris’ home at the time of the purchase.
On Sept. 12, 2022, Child Protective Services requested officers’ assistance for a home visit in Warsaw. The visit was conducted after a woman took an 18-day-old child to a local hospital on Sept. 10, 2022. A toxicology screen showed the child had amphetamines in their system.
Harris is the child’s father.
While searching the home, officers found 23 grams of meth in a living room and found 3.8 grams of meth on Harris’ person.