(BEDFORD) – A Bedford man was arrested Wednesday after an Indiana State Police undercover officer conducted surveillance on 62-year-old Billy Hardin’s home at 281 Patton View Lane.
Hardin is facing charges of dealing meth over 10 grams and possession of meth over 28 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance.
According to a probable cause affidavit, ISP investigators say Hardin, who has previous meth convictions, was dealing meth from his home.
The undercover trooper witnessed Hardin leave his home in a white GMC Sonoma and knew Hardin did not have a valid driver’s license.
The trooper contacted a fellow trooper and had Hardin stopped.
During the course of the traffic stop Mitchell Police Officer Shaun Cabral assisted by running his certified K-9 Jack around the vehicle. The K-9 alerted officers to drugs in the vehicle.
During a search of the vehicle, officers found a magnetic box containing approximately 10 grams of crystal meth and numerous plastic bags used for dealing the drug.
Hardin told police he had approximately $5,000 in his pocket and he would just bond himself out of jail. Hardin had more than $7,000 in his pocket.
His female passenger, 57-year-old Kimberly Godsey, who also lives at 281 Patton View Lane, had approximately 1 gram of crystal meth in her purse.
Godsey was arrested on a charge of possession of meth.
Police also seized both their cell phones.
Hardin was uncooperative and refused to speak to police.
He told the troopers someone must have planted methamphetamine on him. He also said the meth found in Godsey’s purse was not hers.
The trooper then asked Hardin for consent to search his home and he denied that request. The trooper applied for a search warrant for the home and one was granted.
During the search of the home officers found numerous items of drug paraphernalia, scales, baggies, and a large amount of meth.
Inside the garage a trooper located a plastic container with more than 100 grams of purported meth and numerous smoking devices
Inside a bedroom of the residence, in a drawer troopers found several plastic bags containing purported meth and numerous digital scales.
In the kitchen police found digital scales and numerous small plastic bags used to package meth for selling.