Jasper Man Arrested On Drug Charges; Police Say He Hid Heroin In Body Cavity

Photo: Jasper Police Department - Some of the items police say officers recovered from a car driven by Stephens.

Photo: Jasper Police Department – Some of the items police say officers recovered from a car driven by Stephens.

Jasper (NNDC) – A Jasper man has been arrested after police say he was seen making a “drug transaction” Sunday afternoon.

Taken into custody on several drug-related charges was 24-year old Matthew Stephens of Jasper. Jasper police say an off-duty Huntingburg police officer witnessed Stephens making a “hand-to-hand” drug transaction earlier Sunday afternoon at the Wendy’s restaurant on U. S. 231.

JPD says the off-duty officer saw one of two suspects in the transaction leave the parking lot in a silver Nissan with a Texas license plate. The car was seen leaving Huntingburg heading north.

JPD says a Jasper police officer located the car in the 100 block of Bartley Street a short time later.

The officer stopped the Nissan at 13th and Maute streets at about 12:15 p.m. after observing it drive left of center.

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During the stop, JPD K-9 Ares indicated the presence of a controlled substance in the vehicle.

JPD says officers searched the vehicle and found two pills which were identified as hydromorphone and methadone hydrochloride, both Schedule II controlled substances. Police say the officers also found a set of finger scales in the car.

JPD says after the search of the car, officers learned from Stephens he had concealed two small bags of heroin in his anus. Police says Stephens was able to retrieve the two bags which contained about six grams of heorin and turned them over to the police officers.

Stephens has been charged with a Level 6 felony count of Dealing in a Schedule I Controlled Substance, a Level 5 felony count of Possession of Heroin, two Level 6 felony counts of possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, a Level 6 felony count of Possession of Paraphernalia and a Level 6 felony count of Maintaining a Common Nuisance.

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