Traffic stop yields meth, pills, and a pistol on I-70

HENRY CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – Indiana State Police say a Monday night traffic stop on I-70 for an equipment violation landed two men in jail on felony drug dealing charges. Around 11:30 p.m. Trooper J.T. Burns was sitting in the median of I-70 around the 116-mile marker when he saw an eastbound Chevy Impala drive by without the license plate illuminated.

Trooper Burns pulled out and caught up to the vehicle and was able to read the license plate in his headlights. A check on the plate found that it belonged on another vehicle, a Ford Mustang. Burns stopped the vehicle around the 119-mile marker and made contact with the driver, Perise Fowler, age 21 of Indianapolis, who advised he had no license to drive.

The front seat passenger, Vernon Hall, age 28 of Kennard, advised he didn’t have a license to driver either. Trooper Burns could smell the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and also discovered that Hall was wanted on a warrant for Domestic Battery out of Marion County. Henry County Deputy Ryan Burns was summoned to the scene to assist, and Hall was taken into custody on the warrant.

Further investigation by the officers turned up individually packaged bags of Methamphetamine, a loaded pistol, scales, pills believed to be “Xanax” and a bag containing Marijuana. Both Fowler and Hall began to resist the officers but were taken into custody and transported to the Henry County Jail. Fowler is charged with Dealing Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony; Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 6 Felony; Possession of a Firearm Without a License with a Prior Conviction, Level 6 Felony and misdemeanor charges of Resisting Law Enforcement and Operating a Vehicle Never Receiving a License.

Hall was charged with Dealing Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony and Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 6 Felony. He was also lodged on misdemeanor charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, Possession of a Firearm without a License, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Paraphernalia, as well as the warrant for Domestic Battery. The Impala was towed and impounded for False and Fictitious Registration and no licensed driver.