Officials: Man sold drugs to officer

FORTVILLE — Handwritten on a note in Connor Kelly’s bedroom was a to-do list investigators say contained his goals for dealing drugs: “Sell as much as possible and save,” court documents state.

The Fortville teen was arrested late last week and faces three drug-related felony charges amid allegations he sold cocaine to an undercover officer, according to court documents.

Kelly, 18, 226 N. Merrill St., is scheduled to face a judge again next month after pleading not guilty to the charges he faces. At press time, he was being held in the Hancock County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

Prosecutors have charged the teen with dealing cocaine, a Level 2 felony; possession of cocaine, a Level 4 felony, and possession of a narcotic drug, a Level 5 felony. He also faces a charge of possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor.

Last month, a detective working undercover purchased more than 5 grams of cocaine from Kelly, according to charging documents. The detective met Kelly at his home in Fortville. On the day of the sale, Kelly told the detective he had other drugs for sale, too, records state.

While the detective was in the home, Kelly showed him a handgun and bragged about the deadliness of the bullets, which he called an “ER’s worst nightmare,” documents state. He also told the detective he’d been involved previously in a drug deal during which someone was shot, charging documents state.

After the sale, officers with the Hamilton-Boone County Drug Task Force, who purchased concentrated THC — the high-inducing chemical in marijuana — from Kelly in Hamilton County in July, obtained a search warrant for Kelly’s car and home, which he shares with his grandmother, according to charging documents.

While searching his bedroom, police found his to-do list. They also found sandwich bags typically used for packaging drugs, a plastic bag holding five Hydrocodone pills and a digital scale, documents state. They also found a plastic bag containing about 4.5 grams of marijuana, records state.

In his closet, they found a loaded handgun, a rifle, a shotgun and ammunition for the weapons, according to documents.

When police questioned Kelly, he provided them with his cellphone number, the same phone number used to arrange the drug purchase, charging documents state. He told police he had marijuana and paraphernalia in his bedroom but said he doesn’t sell drugs, according to records.

A Level 2 felony carries a sentence of 10 to 30 years. A Level 4 felony carries a penalty of two to 12 years, and a Level 5 felony is one to six years. All three felonies carrying fines of up to $10,000 apiece.

Kelly is scheduled to appear in court again Nov. 30.

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Samm Quinn is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3275 or squinn@greenfieldreporter.com.