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June 12, 2013

Elkhart man jailed for drugs at traffic stop; held on $200,000 bond

PALESTINE — An Elkhart man remained in the Anderson County jail on Tuesday after his early morning arrest for drug possession and tampering with evidence during a traffic stop.

According to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor, 22-year-old Jessee Lee Meredith, was the passenger in a Chevy Silverado pickup traveling southbound on U.S. 287 near Elkhart.

ACSO deputy Ted Linam stopped the vehicle at about 2:27 a.m. Tuesday for a broken taillight.

“The driver, who was later released at the scene, and Meredith got out of the vehicle quickly,” the sheriff said. “Meredith appeared nervous and was sweating profusely.”

After receiving consent, Linam searched the vehicle and located a plastic baggy underneath the passenger side of the truck which contained a crystalline substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine.

“Linam reviewed the patrol camera, which clearly showed Meredith tossing the plastic baggy under the truck,” Taylor said, “and Meredith was placed under arrest.”

Meredith was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance-PG1 less than 1 gram and Tampering with Evidence, with a bond of $200,000 ($100,000 per charge) set by Justice of the Peace James Westley.

ACSO Sgt. Gabe Wallace assisted Linam at the scene.

Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at mrainwater@palestineherald.com

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