Peru, IN – A Beech Grove man who was arrested on May 10th for Dealing Methamphetamine, Dealing Marijuana and Maintaining a Common Nuisance was again arrested by Peru Police Officers on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine over 10 grams, and Dealing Methamphetamine over 10 grams. The latest arrest took place on Saturday, June 9, 2018.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, PPD Officer Keith Smith saw a vehicle had failed to signal for a turn onto Business 31 from West Main Street early Saturday morning at approximately 5:55 a.m. Smith activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop on the car just east of the Kelly Avenue Bridge. The vehicle continued to travel west on Business 31, then slowed while crossing the bridge and came to a stop on Business 31 near River Road. PPD Sergeant Jeremy Brindle arrived on scene to assist as the vehicle came to a stop.
Officer Smith immediately recognized the driver, Chad Wolfe, 38 of Beech Grove and a passenger, Emma Campbell, 39 of Peru, from prior police contacts. Mr. Wolfe appeared to be very nervous and according to Smith’s report, Wolfe forgot to hand Officer Smith his driver’s license despite removing it from the center console and placing it on his lap. While Officer Smith ran a license and warrant check on both the driver and the passenger, Sergeant Brindle deployed his K9 partner Darro for a “free air sniff” around Wolfe’s vehicle with the K9’s behavior indicating the presence of illegal drugs inside the car.
Mr. Wolfe was then removed from the car for a search. That search resulted in Sergeant Brindle locating approximately 13.1 grams of methamphetamine that was located inside a “Maverick” cigarette package that was in Wolfe’s pants pocket.
While Mr. Wolfe was being searched, Officer Smith learned that the female passenger, Emma Campbell had an active arrest warrant through Miami County for Failure to Appear on an original charge of Possession of Methamphetamine. Ms. Campbell was then taken into custody and asked if she had anything on her person that she wanted to “own up to before a female deputy arrived to perform a search of her person.” Ms. Campbell stated she did not.
Deputy Sergeant Coppler of the Miami County Sheriff’s Department arrived on scene and transported Ms. Campbell to the Miami County Jail. Upon arrival at the jail, she was found in possession of a small clear plastic bag containing a white, powdery crystal-like substance that would test positive for methamphetamine with an approximate weight of 0.3 grams.
Officer Smith transported Mr. Wolfe to the Miami County Jail while another officer remained on scene to await a tow truck to impound the car.
Emma Campbell, 39 of Peru was arrested on the Miami County Warrant as well as a new charge of Possession of Methamphetamine.
Chad Wolfe, 38 of Beech Grove now faces additional charges of Possession of Methamphetamine Over 10 Grams, Dealing Methamphetamine Over 10 Grams in addition to his charges from the May 10th arrest.
A search of the vehicle did not locate any additional drugs but a folded wad of cash was located inside. The total amount found was redacted from the probable cause report by the Prosecutor’s Office. The report indicated that the money was seized for possible forfeiture due to Wolfe’s recent arrest for another similar incident in which he was arrested with a large amount of drugs and large sum of cash. You can read our report of that arrest by clicking HERE.
Miami County Deputy Prosecutor Jeff Sinkovics told Peru Indiana Today that according to court records, Mr. Wolfe was released from the first charges on May 24, 2018, by posting a $40,000 surety bond. His court appearance for the May 10th charges is scheduled for July 5, 2018, in Miami County Circuit Court. Deputy Prosecutor Sinkovics also said that the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office will file for Wolfe’s bond to be revoked due to his new arrest.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.