Officer, K-9 make Jasper meth bust


From Local Sources


JASPER — A K-9 alert during a Friday traffic stop resulted in the discovery of 10.9 grams of methamphetamine.

A Jasper Police Department officer stopped a black Toyota Camry at noon Friday at 12th Avenue and HRJ Lane because the driver, Robert S. Sowders, 42, 311 N. Jackson St., Huntingburg, allegedly failed to signal a turn at 12th Avenue and St. Charles Street.

The officer’s K-9 partner, Mack, gave a positive indication to the odor of illegal narcotics on the vehicle, according to police.

A search uncovered 10.9 grams of a crystalline substance individually packaged for resale, police said. The substance field-tested positive as methamphetamine.

Also located in the vehicle were 18 tablets of Gabapentin 600mg, .8 gram of a leafy, plant-like substance that field-tested positive as marijuana and $965 in cash.

Police seized the cash and the vehicle.

Sowders was booked into the Dubois County Security Center on preliminary charges that included a Level 2 felony count of dealing in methamphetamine, a Level 5 felony count of possession of methamphetamine, Level 6 felony counts of maintaining a common nuisance and unlawful possession of a legend (prescription) drug and a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office assisted.

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