LOOGOOTEE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A report to the Loogootee Police Department on Saturday of a suspicious vehicle led to the arrest of two local residents and the confiscation of at least 55 grams of marijuana, 21 grams of methamphetamine, paraphernalia and a loaded .45 caliber handgun, officials reported Monday.
Responding to the call at a residence on Doyle Avenue, patrolman Josh Seymour made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Howard Phillips, 32, of Loogootee. Seymour noticed the odor of marijuana coming from Phillips, and found a bag of marijuana. After transporting the suspect to the Martin County Security Center, multiple small baggies containing a substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine were located in the car along with a syringe that field tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine. The gun was also located in the vehicle.
Patrolman Seymour and the Martin County Prosecutor’s Office secured from Judge Lynn Ellis of the Martin County Circuit Court a search warrant for the motel room Phillips had been staying at. The search warrant was executed on Sunday morning and resulted in the discovery of multiple items of drug paraphernalia as well as additional marijuana.
Phillips was charged with dealing methamphetamine (a Level 2 Felony), possession of methamphetamine, (a Level 3 Felony) possession of a syringe and two counts of maintaining a common nuisance (both Level 6 Felonies), dealing marijuana and operating a vehicle while intoxicated (both Class A Misdemeanors), possession of marijuana (a Class B Misdemeanor) and possession of paraphernalia (a Class C Misdemeanor).
Also arrested was Shelby Harder, 26 of Loogootee, who was charged with possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance (both Level 6 Felonies) and possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia (both Class A Misdemeanors).