Billy Joe Conn Jr. of Harrison, Ohio has been charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine Over Ten Grams, Possession of Methamphetamine over Twenty-Eight Grams and a Habitual Offender Enhancement.
Conn was stopped by Indiana State Police on Interstate 74 on August 29th, 2018 after receiving a tip from an Ohio drug task officer. The tip given to Indiana State Police was that Conn would be traveling from Indianapolis to Cincinnati with crystal methamphetamine. Conn was stopped for traffic infractions of holding the left lane and failure to signal a lane change.
An Indiana State Police canine walked around Conn’s vehicle and alerted on his vehicle. The subsequent investigation turned up a clear, plastic bag containing a crystal-like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. Trooper James Wells weighed the bag and its contents and found it to weigh approximately 145 grams, according to Court Documents.
Conn is incarcerated in the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center. If convicted of the charges, he faces from 10 to 30 years in prison on the Dealing in Methamphetamine as well as an additional 6 to 20 years on the Habitual Offender Enhancement.
“Of course, Mr. Conn is innocent until proven guilty in Court,” said Lynn Deddens, Dearborn and Ohio County Prosecuting Attorney. “However, a large amount of crystal methamphetamine was taken off the streets. My office is committed to aggressive prosecution of these kinds of cases in an effort to get drugs out of our community. I want to thank the Indiana State Police Department for the good police work that went into making this arrest.”