According to information in a probable cause affidavit on file in Clay Superior Court, Brazil Police Department Patrolman/K-9 Handler Kenny Hill stop the driver of a pickup truck after it failed to use a turn signal at the intersection of Blaine and Washington Streets in Brazil on Tuesday.
Admitting to Hill he didn't have a driver's license, Christopher D. West, 34, appeared "more nervous than normal" when he presented a state issued identification card and expired registration papers for the truck, which he did not own.
While Patrolman Todd Stemm wrote citations, Hill and K-9 Officer Anya performed a "free air sniff" of the vehicle. Anya gave a positive indication near the cab area of the pickup.
After the canine officer was secured, Hill returned to the vehicle to perform a "pat down/frisk" secure West during a consensual search of the vehicle.
The officers discovered two plastic baggies containing a white powdery substance inside a flashlight lying on the floor of the cab. When the substance was later field-tested, it was determined to be approximately three grams of methamphetamine.
The officers impounded the truck and West was transported to the Clay County Justice Center.
During an interview with officials, West admitted that he "intended to sell the drugs if he got the chance."
With bond set at $25,000 cash (with 10 percent allowed), West, 34, was preliminarily charged with driving while suspended/prior, dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and false and fictitious registration.
After review by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office, West was formally charged with class B felony dealing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine charges.
On Wednesday, West appeared before Judge J. Blaine Akers to request pauper counsel, a speedy trial and enter a not guilty plea agreement. A jury trial was set for October 26 and the court will not "accept belated-filed written plea agreement, except for special circumstances."
According to jail officials, West remains incarcerated while awaiting further court proceedings.