Indianapolis man facing serious felony drug charge


Kelvin Darnell Powe, 45, Indianapolis

HANCOCK COUNTY — An Indianapolis man is sitting in the Hancock County Jail under a $40,000 cash bond after county law enforcement have accused him of dealing methamphetamine.

Kelvin Darnell Powe, 45, 1800 block of Ludlow Avenue, is facing a Level 2 felony count of dealing methamphetamine and a Class B Misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.

Powe made his initial appearance in Hancock County Superior Court 1 last week. He’s due back in court for a status conference Wednesday, April 17.

According to a probable cause affidavit, an officer with the Fortville Police Department ran a routine check on a license plate and received work that indicated both registered owners of the vehicle were currently showing suspended infraction.

The driver of the vehicle was identified by an Indiana ID card as Powe. Powe was stopped by the traffic light at W John L Modglin Drive and CR 600 West and the officer pulled up directly behind him, the affidavit said.

The affidavit noted Powe was speaking extremely quickly and appeared to be overly nervous when communicating with the officer and that Powe simply stopped his car in the middle of the road rather than pulling it over.

Due to the extreme nervousness Powe was showing, and the fact Powe stated he came to Hancock County to go to a specific gas station and was about to head back home, the officer noted in the affidavit it seemed suspicious since Powe would passed numerous gas stations in Indianapolis where he lived, the affidavit said.

The affidavit states the officer asked Powe to step out of his vehicle as the officer went back to conduct checks and citations. Powe asked what the purpose was for him to step out and the officer explained to Powe he did not have a license, and he was suspended on an ID card.

The officer then had another officer who had a K9 officer with him to do an air check on Powe’s vehicle. The dog alerted a hit for the presence of narcotics the affidavit said. Powe stated he had smoked a “blunt” which is slang term for marijuana rolled cigar and that it was in the ashtray of the vehicle.

The affidavit noted, officers did a probable cause search and located a small black and green cameo bag sitting on the passenger seat. Officials said they were able to see a small clear baggie tied with a knot with a large number of multicolored pills (38), believed to be ecstasy, inside the cameo bag.

Officials also located two baggies inside the front part of Powe’s underwear, the report stated. One bag contained a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana; the other bag contained a large number of multicolored pills suspected to be ecstasy. Powe told officials the pills were “X pills,” a slang term commonly used for ecstasy.

Officials noted in the report the pills field tested positive for methamphetamine.