Day two of trial ends with guilty plea; man gets seven years for drug possession
An Ohio man charged with having methamphetamine and a handgun in his vehicle has pled guilty in Dearborn Circuit Court.
On Monday, Nov. 5, jurors were summoned for the case of State of Indiana v. Dustin Heid, 34, Addyston.
After seating 12 jurors and two alternate jurors, Heid came in Wednesday, Nov. 7, and pleaded guilty to one count of possession of methamphetamine, Level 5 felony, with enhancing circumstances (possession of handgun) and habitual offender.
Heid was sentenced to seven years with the Indiana Department of Corrections.
The case stemmed from a traffic stop on March 31. Aurora police initiated a traffic stop as one of the officers noticed Heid from a previous encounter and saw Heid driving his truck on a suspended driver’s license.
During the stop, Aurora police were assisted by Lawrenceburg K9, Siri, who performed a free-air sniff of Heid’s truck. When on the scene, K9 Siri alerted officers to the presence of a narcotic drug inside Heid’s vehicle.
Officers discovered two fully loaded handguns, six syringes, cotton swabs, and a clear crystal substance which was identified as methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia. “Our law enforcement community, and this office, is committed to aggressively investigating and prosecuting all cases involving the use and possession of illegal drugs. That is particularly true anytime a weapon is involved,” said Dearborn-Ohio County
Prosecutor Lynn M. Deddens
“Thank you to the 14 citizens from Dearborn County who were selected to serve as jurors in this case and were instrumental in helping bring this matter to a successful conclusion.”