New Paris man arrested for drug possession

By Eddie Mowen Jr. -


CAMDEN — A New Paris resident was arrested on charges stemming from the discovery of drugs following a traffic stop in Camden on Monday, July 17.

David Scott Pence, 51, was charged with aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

On Monday, July 17, Camden Police Officer David Stemp was traveling northbound on North Lafayette Street in Camden behind a blue sport utility vehicle when he observed the vehicle fail to signal at least 100 feet prior to making a turn. Stemp made a traffic stop on the vehicle, and found Pence to be the driver. According to Stemp, Pence was “fidgeting around in the car, looking from left to right,” and interrupted Stemp to ask “What was wrong?” Stemp reported he advised Pence of the reason for the stop and asked him if he had anything illegal in the vehicle. Pence advised he did not, according to court documents.

No contraband was located in the vehicle, but a subsequent search on Pence’s person turned up a “short piece of cut plastic straw inside a plastic in the wallet.”

“I then located a small baggie containing a white crystal-like substance inside another pocket in the wallet,” Stemp noted.

Pence was arrested and taken into custody without incident. According to Stemp, a field test on the white crystal substance detected the presence of methamphetamine. Pence remained in the Preble County Jail at press time.


By Eddie Mowen Jr.

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.

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