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Huntington man facing multiple drug charges

By Michelle Blount - mreed@h-ponline.com

A local man arrested for multiple drug charges after being found slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle.

Levi Newsome, 26, is being charged by the Huntington County Prosecutor’s Office with dealing in methamphetamines, a level 5 felony; two counts of possession of a narcotic drug, a level 5 felony; three counts of possession of a controlled substance, a level 6 felony, possession of paraphernalia, a class C misdemeanor.

Officer Dewayne Goings, Huntington Police Department, was dispatched to a convenience store a week ago today on a complaint about someone being slumped over inside a parked vehicle in front of the store in an area not marked for parking.

According to a police report, Goings knocked on the side of the driver’s window in an attempt to wake the individual. That’s when he looked in and saw an “orange-yellow” colored glass pipe protruding from an upper breast pocket of the person’s leather jacket. The person in the vehicle was later identified at Levi Newsome.

Newsome woke and opened the driver’s side door to speak with the officer, at which point Goings told the man to exit the vehicle. Newsome was then placed into handcuffs and informed he was being detained.

Goings removed the glass pipe for Newsome’s jacket and placed it on his police vehicle, called dispatch, then began a “pat down” of Newsome.

Newsome had a knife in a canvas sheath attached to his right hip and a second folding knife in his front right pocket. Dispatch reported to Goings that Newsome had an active warrant in Allen County. Goings continued his search of Newsome’s person.

Also, in Newsome’s pocket was a plastic bag with assorted pills and other items, according to Goings. In his left pocket he found a chrome handgun, which was handed to another officer who arrived on the scene to assist.

Newsome said he forgot that the gun was in his pocket. Goings found no other contraband at that time, according to the report.

He was placed into Goings vehicle and was monitored by the assisting officer. Police then began an inventory search of Newsome’s vehicle.

Goings reported he found a clear plastic bag with large chunks of a crystal-like substance.

After the search Newsome was transported to the police annex for an interview.

When Newsome asked Goings if he could visit the restroom, he was searched again. Goings found a small set of scales in his front left jeans pocket.

Goings asked about the gun he had in his possession and Newsome stated he had bought it from a friend, but refused to name the friend.

When asked about the variety of pills found in the plastic bag, Newsome stated he found it laying on the ground behind “the bars.” He said he didn’t know what kind of pills were in the bag because he didn’t have a chance to go through it.

Newsome stated he had used the pipe just three hours previously with what he thought was cocaine.

After the interview was over, Goings decided to give Newsome’s jacket one more check. Inside a pocket of the inner part of his jacket Goings found a planner that it had entries with what “appeared” to be pill quantities with dates and names listed.

Newsome is set to appear in Huntington County Superior Court Feb. 27 at 8:30 a.m. for a pretrial conference.