ELKHART — Two men have been charged with dealing meth as a high-level felony.
Shaun Ludwig, 40, of Union, Michigan, and Jason Sills, 38, of Goshen, were arrested following a traffic stop early Tuesday and charged with dealing methamphetamine as a Level 2 felony and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Sills was also charged with unlawful possession of a syringe, a Level 6 felony, and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.
They were booked in the Elkhart County Correctional Facility, Ludwig on $100,000 bond and Sills on $125,000 bond. Their initial court hearing was set for July 11.
A Level 2 felony carries a punishment of up to 30 years in prison.
According to court documents:
A Goshen Police officer stopped the vehicle they were driving shortly before 1:30 a.m. after seeing that it was driving 10 mph under the speed limit on Elkhart Road, near Bashor Road, and then watching it make a lane change without signalling.
A search of the car and the two men uncovered several grams of meth, suspected synthetic marijuana and a number of pills, some of which were suspected to be MDMA. Police also found a digital scale with white residue on it, several small clear bags, a glass pipe with residue in it and packages containing hypodermic needles.
Ludwig allegedly admitted that he had been using meth for several weeks but said the baggies found in his pocket were for personal use. Sills allegedly told police that Ludwig had given him some items that were in his pocket and told him to get rid of them when the officers were about to stop their vehicle.
He also allegedly said he witnessed Ludwig buy about four ounces of meth earlier and that they drove together dropping the meth off around town.