Speeding offense lands Bedford man in jail on drug charges

BEDFORD – A Bedford man was arrested on a warrant on drug charges after an Indiana State Police trooper stopped a vehicle that was traveling north on State Road 37 for speeding.

Curtis Mitchell

The trooper identified the driver as 32-year-old Curtis Mitchell. There was also a female passenger in the vehicle.

The trooper says Mitchell was known for the use and transporting meth.

A Lawrence County canine was requested to the scene. While waiting, the trooper issued Mitchell a citation for speeding.

Canine Dusty alerted police to drugs in the vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle officers found a plastic bag containing marijuana and four cardboard containers holding cannabis cartridges. In the engine compartment police found a black plastic box containing marijuana.  Police seized 13.5 grams of marijuana.

Mitchell admitted to smoking marjuana three hours before the traffic stop. He was transported to IU Health for a blood draw. After the completion of the blood draw,  Mitchell was released.  

Once back at the ISP post the trooper discovered inside the cardboard cannabis containers was a baggie containing crystal meth and 14 pills that Mitchell did not have a prescription for.  

On May 30th ISP received the results of the blood draw and Mitchell had both amphetamines and meth in his system. The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and a warrant was issued for Mitchell’s arrest on charges of possession of meth, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated on a controlled substance.

If you know something, say something. Send an email to drugactivity@lawrencecounty.in.gov or call Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office tip line at 812-545-4700. All calls are confidential.