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Warrant Issued After DNA Tests Indicate Match

Last updated on Saturday, October 19, 2013

(BLOOMFIELD) - A bench warrant was ordered Thursday for the arrest of a Brazil man who crashed his car in Greene County then before an officer arrived on the scene, allegedly tried to hide a bag that contained drugs.

Anna Rochelle of the Greene County Daily World, reports that 58-year-old Tony Moss was driving a black Honda Civic on June 14 when an accident involving only the one vehicle occurred around 3 p.m. on State Road 54 east of Bloomfield.

Greene County Sheriff's Deputy Harvey Holt reported when he arrived on the scene, Moss seemed nervous and fidgety and kept walking around.

Witnesses who were standing in a yard at the time of the accident told police that Moss was messing around with items in his car and then was reaching deep into a nearby culvert under a driveway. He told the witnesses he was looking for a bird's nest because he had struck a bird during the accident and killed it.

In the culvert police found a small black bag. Moss told police the bag was not his.

The bag contained two smoking pipes, a scale, film canisters, a sock, a blue napkin and two pills wrapped in a clear plastic bag corner.

Holt reported finding more blue napkins in the car, similar to the one in the bag and some cash wrapped in a roll.

Holt said he asked Moss if there would be any reason the bag or its contents would have his DNA on it. Moss allegedly said no, and he consented to the officer obtaining a DNA swab of his mouth.

Moss was not arrested on the scene and his vehicle was towed to a location in Brazil, Ind.

Holt sent the items he found and the DNA sample to the Indiana State Police Laboratory in Evansville. The results returned in late September indicated the DNA standards taken from Moss matched the DNA profile found on one smoking pipe. The other pipe showed the presence of at least two individuals and Moss could not be excluded as a possible contributor.

According to the ISP lab report, the pills were carisoprodol and alprazolam, both Schedule IV controlled substances.

When Moss is arrested, he will be facing two counts of possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, both class D felonies, and possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.

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