Bond, court date set for Minnesota man

Thursday, August 6, 2009

GREENCASTLE -- An Oct. 1 pretrial date has been set for a Minnesota man who was charged with Class A felony dealing in cocaine and Class C felony possession of cocaine, narcotic drugs or methamphetamine.

David E. Osborne, 30, of Tonka Bay, Minn. was arrested July 29 in Cloverdale during a routine traffic stop.

Putnam County Circuit Court Judge Matthew Headley set Osborne's bond at $50,000 cash only. As of Wednesday afternoon, Osborne remained lodged at the Putnam County Jail.

According to court documents, Putnam County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Robert Craig Sibbitt stopped the vehicle Osborne was driving on I-70 westbound in Cloverdale after he witnessed Osborne make an unsafe lane change. Osborne's vehicle also had dark window tint and a broken windshield.

Sibbitt alleged that he clocked Osborne's vehicle at 73 mph, and that when Osborne noticed Sibbitt's patrol car Osborne slowed down to 60 mph in a posted 70 mph zone. Osborne then changed lanes quickly, cutting off a tractor-trailer and making the tractor trailer brake suddenly.

Sibbitt proceeded to pull Osborne over. Sibbitt noted that Osborne's hand were "shaking excessively" and that Osborne's carotid artery was "pulsating in his neck." Osborne was unable to produce any proof of insurance or proper registration documentation for the vehicle, and also told Sibbitt he was "pretty sure his licenses were suspended."

Sibbitt called for backup, including a K9 unit.

"As results of suspicious indicators exhibited by Osborne, narcotics detection K9 was utilized, resulting in a positive alert on the vehicle," Sibbitt's investigative report said. "A probable cause search of the 2005 Cadillac yielded a false compartment behind the radio that was controlled electronically. The compartment contained a white sock, which contained approximately 5 ounces of crack cocaine, concealed with several baggies sprinkled with pepper, sprayed with air freshener. Osborne was charged with dealing in cocaine greater than 3 grams and conspiracy to deal in cocaine. The 2005 Cadillac was confiscated for investigation and possible forfeiture."

Osborne was not placed under arrest until the drugs were discovered, court records said. While the K9 unit was being deployed, dispatch informed Sibbitt that Osborne had a long criminal history, including a September 1998 involuntary manslaughter conviction for which he served prison time.

Class A felonies are punishable by up to 50 years in prison. The maximum prison term for a Class C felony is eight years.

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  • dude - a black man in cloverdale in a caddy?

    you were just asking for it.

    -- Posted by mal on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 1:23 PM
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