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Two arrested on dealing charges

BY CAROLINE EGGERS - ceggers@perutribune.com

Two Marion County residents were arrested in Peru on Thursday morning for dealing methamphetamine and marijuana.

Chad Wolfe, 37, of Beech Grove, was charged with dealing methamphetamine, a Level 2 felony; dealing marijuana, an A misdemeanor; and maintaining a common nuisance, a level 6 felony.  

Angela Pizand, 33, of Indianapolis, was charged with Level 2 felony dealing in methamphetamine; Class A misdemeanor dealing marijuana; dealing a controlled substance, a level 6 felony; and possession of paraphernalia, an A misdemeanor.

According to Peru Police Department Chief Mike Meeks, PPD Officer Jeremy Brindle was following a vehicle westbound on Washington Street, observed several traffic infractions (left of center and disregarding automatic signal), and stopped the vehicle on North Broadway and Adams streets on Thursday at about 3:00 a.m.

Brindle allegedly smelled an odor of marijuana while approaching the car, so he and his K-9, Darro, conducted a “free air sniff” – meaning he walked around the car with Darro.

Brindle asked the passenger, Pizzand, and the driver, Wolfe, to exit the vehicle, according to Meeks.

Brindle reportedly searched the vehicle and discovered several items indicative of drug-dealing activity.

Meeks said the search revealed a pink and clear glass smoking device suspected to be used to ingest methamphetamine, and large black and yellow bags of leafy substance that Brindle suspected to be marijuana.

In Pizzand’s handbag, Brindle allegedly found Xanax pills two smoking devices, and three “other items used to ingest or use Narcotics,” Meeks said. 

Brindle also reportedly found clear plastic baggies that contained a crystal-like substance.

Meeks said a Tupperware container with two plastic bags containing two large crystal chunks and a black digital scale was found, along with another clear plastic bag containing a crystal-like substance.

The substances reportedly later tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana.

According to Meeks, in order for someone to be charged with dealing, there has to be a certain level of evidence.

Due to the approximately $1,200 of cash, scale and the amount of drugs, Brindle felt he had enough evidence to arrest Wolfe and Pizand and charge them with dealing.

The two suspects had in their possession over 400 grams of marijuana and about 14 grams of methamphetamine, according to Meeks.

Wolfe reamins in the Miami County Jail on a $48,000 surety only bond, while Pizand is being held on a $66,000 surety only bond.