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Traffic Stop Leads to Recovery of a Stolen Handgun and Dealing Charges

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

(Anderson, Indiana) A trooper with the Indiana State Police Pendleton District conducted a traffic stop that lead to an arrest of an Anderson man for possession of a stolen handgun and multiple drug charges.

On October 30, 2022, at approximately 9:30 P.M., Trooper Michael Garcia was patrolling Madison Avenue in the area of 60th Street, in Anderson. Trooper Garcia noticed a tan, 1999, Cadillac Escalade with an expired registration and checked the registration to determined that it was expired and returned to another vehicle. Trooper Garcia activated his emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop at Madison Avenue and 53rd Street. Trooper Garcia made contact with the driver and noticed a large bag of suspected marijuana in the center console of the vehicle. During the investigation, the following items were found inside the vehicle:

  • 8 ounces of suspected Methamphetamine.

  • 2 ounces of suspected Heroine.

  • 91 suspected Fentanyl pills .

  • 1 gram of suspected Cocaine.

  • 161 pills suspected to be Gabapentin.

  • Approximately 90 grams of Marijuana.

A loaded Springfield XD .40 caliber handgun was located on the driver's side floorboard. The handgun was checked, and it was determined to have been previously reported stolen out of Anderson.

Robert Haywood Hill, 29, 913 Woodlawn Drive, Anderson, Indiana was arrested and preliminarily charged with:

  • Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 2 Felony.

  • Dealing in Cocaine, a Level 2 Felony.

  • Possession of Cocaine, a Level 3 Felony.

  • Unlawful Carrying of a Firearm, a Level 5 Felony.

  • Theft of a Firearm, a Level 6 Felony.

  • Dealing in Marijuana, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Hill was transported to the Madison County Jail. Trooper Garcia was assisted by Trooper Matt Dickerson, Trooper Blake Stephenson of the Indiana State Police - Pendleton District and Officer Lanane of the Anderson Police Department.

All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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