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Traffic stop results in arrest of Sullivan man

Sunday, July 26, 2009

A recent traffic stop led to the arrest of a Sullivan resident on allegations of dealing drugs.

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.

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Another one off the streets..good job BPD....

-- Posted by proud mom and soldier on Sun, Jul 26, 2009, at 11:07 PM

Another smart meth dealer that thought he could hide his meth. What a jerk

-- Posted by dennisb1953 on Mon, Jul 27, 2009, at 4:45 AM

During an interview with officials, West admitted that he "intended to sell the drugs if he got the chance."

Then this: On Wednesday, West appeared before Judge J. Blaine Akers to request pauper counsel, a speedy trial and enter a not guilty plea agreement.

Seems this fellow also imbibes on his product. How does one admit that they were going to sell it and then plead not guilty? I would laugh if it wasn't so pathetic.

Way to go BCP!!! Keep up the great work you do!!

-- Posted by karenmeister on Mon, Jul 27, 2009, at 9:39 AM

Way to go Officer Stemm and Officer Hill. You are two fine young officers. Keep up the good work. Your city is lucky to have you both on board.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Mon, Jul 27, 2009, at 9:23 PM


-- Posted by reddevil on Tue, Jul 28, 2009, at 12:42 AM

Good job Anya!!!!

-- Posted by houseofhate on Thu, Jul 30, 2009, at 4:09 PM

To all who are leaving comments, have you ever dealt with an addict??? Well I have because this is my brother. I have watched him grow up and he once was this very special good looking smart young man with a family and that was the only thing that was important to him. We spent many days just hanging out with our kids fishing cookouts etc. I miss this so much and want my brother back but the drug is what controls his every move now and for the past 6-7 years he has been clean and then relaspes again only to end up behinde bars. I understand that the ignorance of this drug causes people to judge others but the addiction to this drug is the same as an alcoholic who gets behinde the wheel of a car and drives and the government issues money to some of these people because they say it is a disease... What is wrong with the world today? He needs help he is truly not a bad person you could ask anyone who knows him, he is just stupid and has an addiction. For those of you who have never had to deal with anyone with an addiction, take time to learn about it or watch a cable program called "INTERVENTION" and you will be amazed at the addictions that are out there and what these people and their families go through. I am not upholding what my brother does it is wrong but he has a problem and needs help..

As for him admitting to selling it if he got the chance I don't buy it, I think they asked him if he was planning on selling and he said ya bit of a difference and how can you charge someone for dealing if not caught dealing shouldn't it be INTENT to sell

a loving sister no matter how wrong he is

-- Posted by nohope on Thu, Jul 30, 2009, at 4:39 PM

agreed because this is my uncle. he's been by my side all my life he's been my #1 supporter and was by my side through all the labor pain with my son. This drug took him over. He's not bad and ppl dont need to be talking bad about him when they dont know him and haven't dealt with anyone in this condition. so please stop with the rude comments

-- Posted by bdub322 on Thu, Jul 30, 2009, at 11:18 PM

Chris's dad use to be with my mom. They lived together for several years and Chris use to come stay with us all the time. When I saw this picture of him, I started to cry. It has been many years since I have been around him, but all I can think of is this silly, blonde haired boy who made me laugh till my stomach hurt. To his sister, I feel your pain and bless your heart for standing by him. I know that this drug can make people do things that make them almost unrecognizable to even there families. For those so quick to judge, I just hope you don't live in a glass house!!!!!

-- Posted by OHPLEASE! on Sat, Aug 1, 2009, at 8:19 PM

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