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Police: Humes had drugs when arrested
Friday, March 15, 2013 11:00 AM
Prosecutors presented their evidence Thursday during the opening day of the trial for Edward L. Humes Jr.
Humes is charged with dealing cocaine, possession of a synthetic cannabinoid and resisting law enforcement.
Humes, 51, was arrested by Madison police in October 2011, after police said they found him in possession of cocaine and synthetic drugs.
Lt. Det. Jonathon Simpson testified that he saw Humes urinating in public. Officers approached a vehicle and observed the woman in the driver's seat of the car Humes got into had a while powder on her nose, Simpson said.
Ben Flint, a Madison Police Department officer at the time, who assisted with the investigation, said Humes was acting strange while officers were around.
"He just seemed very nervous," Flint said.
After Humes got out of the car, he hid his hands from officers and continued to act strange, Flint said. Officers grabbed Humes' hands and forced him to take them out of his pockets for officer safety.
Officers said they found a pill bottle containing five individually wrapped plastic bags containing cocaine and five pills that tested positive for methyldioxypyrovalerone, another name for synthetic drugs. The contents of the bags were tested by Sarah Meisinger, a forensic scientist with the Indiana State Police lab. She testified there were drugs in the bags.
Humes put one bag in his mouth, but officers were unsure if the bag had anything in it.
Humes is charged with possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, among other charges. Prosecutors allege information obtained from Humes' cell phone show he was dealing.
They highlighted two texts. One made reference to 200 and asked Humes if he was still in, meaning in agreement to do something. The other text sent from Humes said he had 10 more, but did not list of what, the prosecution said.
Steven Beardsley, Humes' attorney, asked questions of Simpson about the habits of a drug addict and how much substances they could consume. Beardsley did not get a chance to present any evidence or witnesses for the defense on Thursday. He said the only witness he may call is Humes, but it's unclear whether or not he will testify.
Beardsley said in his opening statement that the jury would not find any evidence of resisting in the testimony.
"I think you will find that the only force that was used was by the police officers on Mr. Humes," Beardsley said.
The defense was to present its case at 9 a.m. today.
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