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DECATUR — Police said an Indiana man on his way to Decatur was arrested after K-9 unit alerted to the presence of drugs during an interstate traffic stop Monday night.

An affidavit filed Tuesday by Decatur police officer Jason Hesse said Guy M. McDaniel of Mishawaka, Ind., was pulled over on Interstate 72 near Decatur, and the K-9 alerted to the presence of drugs after conducting a “free air sniff.”

Hesse said a search of the van found more than 345 grams of crystal methamphetamine stashed on board, along with 1,514 grams of cannabis. Police also recovered 21 grams of cocaine and, hidden behind a plastic panel, a loaded 9 mm handgun that was resting on top of some cannabis.

McDaniel, 62, who does not have an attorney yet, was jailed on preliminary felony charges of two counts of trafficking a controlled substance. He also faces preliminary charges of the manufacturing/delivery of cannabis and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state's attorney's office.

“Based on prior training and experience, the amount of narcotics seized is consistent with possessing narcotics with intent to deliver,” Hesse said in the affidavit.

The police said McDaniel told them the van did not belong to him and that he was driving it to Decatur from South Bend, Ind., for a man who was paying him $200 to do it. He said his instructions were to drive the van to a specific location in Decatur where someone else would be waiting for him.

McDaniel remained in the Macon County Jail on Tuesday night in lieu of posting $200,000 bond. He is due in court Tuesday.


Staff Writer

Courts and public safety reporter for the Herald & Review.

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