With the aid of confidential informants, the Brown County Sheriff’s Department was able to collect enough evidence to arrest two Brown County men on charges of dealing methamphetamine.
Joseph L. Weddle, 60, 2477 Hornettown Road, and David E. Guy, 56, 5529 Old Settlers Road, were both booked into the Brown County jail Nov. 3.
The sheriff’s department and Indiana State Police executed arrest warrants at both homes, according to a press release from the sheriff’s department.
Both men were charged with dealing in methamphetamine, a Level 4 felony, and dealing in methamphetamine, a Level 5 felony. Guy was also charged with an additional Level 5 felony for dealing.
The investigation on Weddle began in June, according to a probable cause affidavit by Deputy Paul Henderson, who is assigned to narcotics investigation. Henderson and Sheriff Scott Southerland conducted a controlled purchase of meth using a confidential informant.
The informant went to Weddle’s home on Hornettown Road and bought half a gram of meth from him for $50, the affidavit said.
Informants were wired with an electronic surveillance device and were followed by police who maintained audio and/or visual contact until the informant was able to meet back with officers, the affidavit said.
The next day, the informant went back to Weddle’s home and bought one gram of meth for $100, the report said.
All of the drugs were sent to the Indiana State Lab for testing.
Guy’s investigation began in August when Henderson and Southerland conducted another controlled methamphetamine purchase with a different informant.
The informant went to Guy’s home on Old Settlers Road and bought half a gram of meth on Aug. 1, police said.
On Aug. 18, the informant met Guy at a home on Upper Bean Blossom Road to purchase one gram of meth for $100, the police report said.
A second informant purchased half a gram from Guy for $60 at his home on Old Settlers Road Oct. 5, police said.
Police also discovered a small amount of methamphetamine, a mirror and tubes of various shapes and sizes that are used to snort meth when they issued a search warrant on Guy’s home after he was attacked by his brother, Kenneth Guy, 58, in September, police said.
Each time, informants were searched before and after the purchases to ensure they did not have any other contraband on them and all methamphetamine was turned over to officers, police said.
Both Guy brothers were still in the Brown County jail as of Nov. 4.
Weddle posted $1,500 bond and was released the evening of Nov. 3, jail staff said.
Henderson said the main challenges when using informants is maintaining the integrity of that informant, ensuring safety of all involved with the investigation and keeping the investigation secret until charges are ready to be filed.
He said the sheriff’s department will be doing more work of this nature and local drug dealers should be worried.
“Absolutely they should be worried. They should quit what they’re doing is what they should do. That’s our main goal.
“We just don’t want our community poisoned,” he said.