TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A routine traffic stop ended an extensive investigation and led to charges against a man accused of dealing heroin.
Lafayette police say 22-year-old Nelson Dunmars, with ties to Lafayette and Chicago, was pulled over Sept. 8 just before 6 p.m. on Interstate 65 South near the State Road 25 Exit. Officers said they found 14 grams of marijuana in a backpack belonging to Dunmars.
He was arrested and taken to the Tippecanoe County Jail. During the booking process, court documents say a baggie fell to the floor as Dunmars was changing clothes. The baggie weighed 24 grams and tested positive for heroin.
According to the probable cause affidavit, law enforcement had been building a case against Dunmars — also known as Tee — for quite some time. From March-May of this year, numerous controlled buys were setup through a confidential informant involving Dunmars. In each purchase, 1-2 grams of heroin were bought.
Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington charged Dunmars with 10 counts, 9 of which are felonies. His charges are:
- Dealing in a narcotic drug (5 counts)
- Possession of a narcotic drug
- Possession of marijuana
- Maintaining a common nuisance
- Maintaining a common nuisance-controlled substances
- Conspiracy to commit dealing in a narcotic drug