Report on a Suspicious Vehicle Helps Loogootee Police Make Drug Arrests

(LOOGOOTEE) – On Saturday, February 6th the Loogootee Police Department responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle at a residence on Doyle Avenue.

Police located the driver 32-year-old Howard Phillips, of Loogootee at the address.

While talking to Phillips, an officer noticed the odor of marijuana emitting from Phillips person.

A bag containing approximately 55 grams of marijuana was discovered.

Officers also found multiple small baggies containing meth and a syringe after transporting Phillips to the Martin County Jail.

The total weight of the meth seized was approximately 21 grams.

A loaded 45-caliber handgun was found in the vehicle in addition to the drugs and paraphernalia.

Police secured a search warrant for the motel room where Phillips was staying.

The search warrant was executed on Sunday morning. During that search, police found drug paraphernalia and marijuana.

Phillips faces charges of dealing meth, possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, maintaining a common nuisance, dealing marijuana, operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangerment, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police also arrested 26-year-old Shelby Harder, of Loogootee, on charges of possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Loogootee Police Department was assisted by Martin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Flanagan and Cpl. Barnett.