By GARY POPP
Two men were preliminarily charged with heroin possession following a traffic stop on 10th Street in Jeffersonville on Thursday afternoon.
Blake D. Eldridge, 22, of 308 Williams St. in Jeffersonville, and Nathan D. Ready, 22, of 20814 Daisy Hill Road in Borden, were the occupants in the vehicle and each face multiple preliminary drug-related charges.
A Jeffersonville Police Department officer made the stop after noticing the vehicle had no break light, JPD Detective Isaac Parker said. He said the stop was made near the intersection of Plank Road about 5:30 p.m.
He said the officer reported, “observing criminal indicators” after he approached the vehicle, but Parker declined to clarify what was meant by criminal indicators.
During the stop, less than 1 gram of heroin and a plastic straw were located in the vehicle, Parker said. The straw resulted in paraphernalia charges, Parker said, adding a straw can be used to introduce heroin into a person’s body.
Ready was charged with possession of cocaine/narcotic drug, a class B felony; visiting a common nuisance, a class B misdemeanor; and possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.
Eldridge, the vehicle’s driver, was preliminarily charged with possession cocaine/narcotic drug, a class B felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a class D felony, and possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.
Eldridge was also wanted on a warrant out of Clarksville Town Court issued Feb. 20 after he failed to appear for a hearing, according to court officials. The hearing followed two class A misdemeanor charges — possession of marijuana and driving while suspended — which were issued in the town court June 2012.
In March 2010, Eldridge was charged in Clark County Circuit Court No. 3 with possession of narcotic drug; maintaining a common nuisance; obstruction of justice; resisting law enforcement; possession of marijuana; a class A misdemeanor; possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor; public intoxication, a class B misdemeanor; and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a class C misdemeanor.
He was later convicted April 5, 2012, of resisting law enforcement and possession of marijuana. The other six charges were dismissed. Following the convictions, Eldridge was given two years probation.
According to Clark County court records, Eldridge’s arrest in Jeffersonville on Thursday, came one day short of the expiration of his probation term.