Arrest followed traffic stop

From the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department

On 02/18/2024 at approximately 11:50 PM Deputy Grant Carlson observed a vehicle leaving a gas
station in the Taylorsville area. As the vehicle left the area it failed to signal a turn onto N US 31. As
Deputy Carlson followed the vehicle it merged onto the Interstate. As the vehicle traveled southbound
on Interstate 65 it completely crossed the fog line and failed to maintain its lane.

Here’s what’s alleged –

Deputy Carlson initiated a traffic stop at the 71 mile marker, during the traffic stop Deputy Dylan Prather
and his K9 partner Frizko conducted a free air sniff of the vehicle. During the course of the roadside
investigation the driver, David Riddle 39yo of Edinburgh, admitted to having methamphetamine and
heroin in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle resulted in locating four baggies containing crystal like
substance consistent with methamphetamine and heroin. During the search deputies also located two
loaded pistol magazines however no firearms inside the vehicle. Riddle who was found to be a
convicted serious violent felon due to a felony conviction from a 2007 domestic battery case admitted to
having two handguns at his residence. Riddle also admitted to being active member of a known criminal
gang, the Hell Raisers, evidence to confirm his active membership was found inside the vehicle and later
at his residence. As the investigation continued probable cause was developed which led to the granting
of a search warrant for Riddle’s residence in the 800 blk of S. Walnut St in Edinburgh.

During the search of the residence deputies located further narcotics and narcotics equipment. Two
handguns were found inside the residence one of which was reported stolen out of Shelby County.
Evidence of narcotics dealing were also found inside the residence such as baggies, digital scales and
cutting agent used to artificially increase the volume of narcotics.

Riddle was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where he remains on a 48 hour hold on the
charges involving allegations of:
Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 3 Felony, Dealing in Cocaine or a Narcotic Drug, Level 4 Felony,
Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony, Possession of Cocaine or a Narcotic Drug, Level 6
Felony, Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon, Level 4 Felony, Unlawful Carrying of a
Handgun, Level 5 Felony, Possession of a Firearm by a Domestic Batterer, A Misdemeanor, Participation in a Criminal Organization, Level 5 Felony, Possession of Stolen Property, Level 6 Felony, Possession of a
Legend Drug Inject Device, Level 6 Felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance, A Misdemeanor,
Possession of Marijuana, B Misdemeanor, Possession of Paraphernalia, C Misdemeanor.

This is a preliminary investigation. All persons are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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