A male Cloverdale resident and Indianapolis woman were arrested on Friday following a traffic stop that produced more than 20 grams of methamphetamine.
Sheriff's Deputy Joe Tesmer stated in his police report that he was sitting in the parking lot of the Bait and Tackle Shop at the corner of S.R. 243 and Burma Road when a black sport utility vehicle (SUV) rolled through the stop sign.
At that time, Tesmer got behind the SUV to initiate a traffic stop when he noticed the driver was handing something to the passenger and the passenger kept bending over.
At first, Tesmer noticed the driver, Michael Kolesar, 25, was shaking and had glassy eyes. Tesmer asked Kolesar to take a breathalyzer where he blew a .001.
At that time, Kolesar still seemed nervous so Tesmer asked if he could search the vehicle. Kolesar refused stating that the vehicle did not belong to him, but to his passenger Nancy Tarpley, age 50.
When Tarpley was asked about the search of her vehicle, she complied. As she got out of the SUV, Tesmer noticed a large bulge in her front pocket that turned out to be money wrapped in plastic and stuffed in a blue rubber glove.
She stated the money was from working on a trailer. When the money was counted, it was totaled at $4,886.
Upon the search of the vehicle, Tesmer located a Ziploc bag inside of a tampon container that held a meth pipe and several baggies of crystal meth. Inside the car, five baggies and two spoons were found.
Tesmer asked Cloverdale Officer Charlie Hallam to give the suspects another pat down at which time another baggie was located in Kolesar's front pocket.
After being read his Miranda rights, Kolesar refused to speak anymore. Tesmer said in his report that while en route to Putnam County Jail, Tarpley told him that the money was for buying and selling the meth and that she knew it was in the car, but it belonged to Kolesar.
During their initial hearing Monday morning, Senior Judge Diana LaViolette took their pleas of not guilty.
Tarpley was assigned public defender Mindy Jackman and was not allowed bond due to her being on probation in Marion County. Kolesar was given a $40,000 cash bond and assigned public defender Jim Recker. Their pre-trial conference is set for Sept. 4.