Dubois County- Two Birdseye men are facing multiple felony charges.
On Monday evening Dubois County Sheriff’s Deputy Craig Schneider pulled over a black early 2000s Ford Ranger for no brake lights on State Road 64 near Pine Ridge Road. Deputy Craig says the driver, 44-year-old Chad E. Frye, appeared “extremely nervous”.
K-9 Officer Chase and his handler, Sergeant Clint Gogel, were deployed to search for drugs. Officer Chase positively indicated a presence of narcotics on the driver side door during the free air sniff of the vehicle. Schneider and the passenger, 47-year-old Jason T. Skelton, were asked to exit the Ford Ranger while officers searched. Before exiting, officers say Frye tossed the keys to the truck on the floor board, locked the doors, and shut trapped the keys inside. Frye was then detained while a search warrant was requested.
After the warrant was granted, officers located a Walmart bag on the floor between the driver and passenger seat. Inside was “a large amount” of a white, crystal-like substance in a gallon size bag, which later tested positive for meth. Officers also found a large, vacuum sealed plastic bag which contained marijuana, and a white powdery substance which was later identified as fentanyl.
Frye and Skelton were arrested and charged with Dealing Methamphetamine (Level 2 Felony), Possession of Methamphetamine (Level 3 Felony), Dealing in a Narcotic (Level 4 Felony), Possession of a Narcotic (Level 5 Felony), Dealing Marijuana (Level 5 Felony), Possession of Marijuana (Level 6 Felony).
Frye was also out on bond prior to the arrest.
**ALL CHARGES ARE MERE ACCUSATIONS. ALL DEFENDANTS ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW BY A JURY OF THEIR PEERS**
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