Indianapolis man faces felony drug charges following traffic stop


Brian Lyndell Crayton, 58, Indianapolis, has been charged with felony drug crimes after being arrested for possession of cocaine.

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HANCOCK COUNTY — An Indianapolis man who was pulled over for erratic driving Sunday, May 1 is now facing felony drug charges after officials from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department found more then 28 grams of cocaine in his vehicle.

Brian Lyndell Crayton, 58, 5000 block of Holly Springs Drive East, has been charged with a Level 2 felony count of dealing in cocaine manufacturing, a Level 3 felony count of possession of cocaine, two different misdemeanors for driving while intoxicated and three different driving infractions.

The most serious crime against Crayton carries up to 30 years in prison. Crayton made his initial appearance in Hancock County Circuit Court on Wednesday, where Judge Scott Sirk set at $15,000 cash bond.

According to a probable cause affidavit, a deputy with the sheriff’s department noticed a vehicle in the 2200 block of County Road North 600W merging onto eastbound I-70 when the vehicle suddenly swerved back onto CR North 600W., almost striking the light pole after failing to signal a lane change. When the vehicle crossed left of the center-line after heading northbound on the I-70 ramp the deputy followed and pulled the car over at the 94 mile marker of I-70 West, Greenfield.

When he approached the driver, the deputy smelled the odor of alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle and the the odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from Crayton’s breath, the affidavit said.

The deputy administered standard field sobriety tests which Crayton failed, the report stated. It included a portable breath test where Crayton registered a .137. An alcohol level of .08 or more is considered legally drunk. Crayton consented to a chemical test and was taken to Hancock Regional Hospital, the affidavit said.

According to the report, while one deputy worked with Crayton, another deputy conducted a search of Crayton’s vehicle and discovered one clear plastic bag containing a hardened and powdery white material weighing approximately 14.8 grams, one clear plastic bag containing hardened and powdery white material weighing approximately 14.9 grams, one clear plastic bag containing hardened and powdery white material weighing approximately 4.2 grams, one orange pill bottle with a white cap containing one clear plastic bag containing hardened and powdery white material weighing approximately 2 grams and one black digital scale containing a white powder residue.

All the substances field tested positive for cocaine, the affidavit said. Officials also found a bottle of gin with 1/4 missing from the bottle.

Officials noted in the report it is “indicative” of dealing illegal drugs when an individual has a large amount of illegal drugs coupled with a digital scale, multiple baggies, a large amount of cash and multiple cell phones, which Crayton had in the vehicle, the affidavit said.

Crayton is set to make his next court appearance in early August.