Logan man charged with possession of meth

Brandon Andrew Sowards

A Logansport man whose van was pulled over on July 11 for not stopping for a stop sign and not using a turn signal in Walton has been charged with three drug-related offenses.

Brandon Andrew Sowards, 32, of the 2600 block of George Street in Logansport, was charged on July 15 with Level 6 felony possession of methamphetamine, Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance and Class C misdemeanor of possession of paraphernalia.

He faces sentences of 6-18 months on each of the felonies and 60 days on the misdemeanor charge.

Logansport police pulled Sowards over after he went through the stop at U.S. 35 and South Street, and he consented to a search of the van.

Police allegedly found a glass pipe and a cut straw with methamphetamine residue in the driver’s door and then a gram of crystalline substance in a plastic bag in his pocket.

The substance field tested as methamphetamine.

During a further search of the van, police found three glass smoking devices and small, zip-top plastic bags in another bag behind the driver’s seat, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Behind the passenger’s seat, officers found two “one hitter” smoking devices, and under the rear passenger seat they found more plastic baggies, two sets of digital scales, a cut red straw, tweezers and a ledger, the charging information states.

One of the scales allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine.

Police reported that Sowards said he had bought the methamphetamine two hours earlier from an “old friend” in Logansport.

Sowards was released on a cash $500 cash bond on July 19.

His initial hearing is set for July 24.

Reach James D. Wolf Jr. at james.wolf@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5117

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