PREBLE COUNTY — A Connersville, Indiana man appeared in Eaton Municipal Court last week and is out on bond after being arrested on Friday, Feb. 17 on drug and weapons charges.
According to Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson, the traffic stop on Feb. 17 led to the discovery of drugs and a loaded firearm in a vehicle.
Simpson said a deputy stopped a vehicle on Lexington Road at Ware Road “for an equipment violation.” During contact with the deputy, the driver admitted to having a loaded .40 caliber handgun under the driver’s seat.
“The driver admitted that he did not have a valid concealed carry permit,” Simpson said.
According to Simpson, the driver, Corey Lee Marsh, 29, permitted deputies to search his vehicle.
“That search is where deputies discovered a syringe,” Simpson said.
Marsh was then arrested for a weapons and drug abuse instrument charge.
After arrival at the jail, according to Simpson, “corrections officers discovered that the suspect was concealing suspected drugs inside his boot.”
Deputies found approximately 20 grams of suspected methamphetamine and a small amount of heroin, both contained in plastic baggies, Simpson said. “Street value on the methamphetamine is about $1,600.”
Marsh was charged with aggravated possession of drugs, a second-degree felony; possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony; possessing drug abuse instruments, a second-degree misdemeanor; illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto grounds of a specified government facility, a third-degree felony and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony.
Marsh appeared in Eaton Municipal Court and posted a $10,000 cash bond on Feb. 27. He was indicted by a Preble County grand jury on Monday, March 6, and according to Preble County Common Pleas Court records, a hearing has been scheduled for March 24.
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