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January 18, 2013

Man arrested on cocaine charges

Greensburg — On Thursday, Oswald Scott Wilder, Jr., 25, was arrested during a routine traffic stop for possession of cocaine, a class “D” felony, and possession of a hypodermic needle, also a class “D” felony.

According to a police report pertaining to the case, Greensburg Police Department Officer Chris Bridges observed a burned out headlight on a yellow Mazda with a Michigan license plate.

After Wilder had been pulled over, Decatur County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Eric Blodgett pulled over and acted as a second officer on the scene.

While Bridges ran Wilder’s information, Lt. Blodgett allegedly noticed a rolled baggy on Wilder’s passenger seat, but could not be sure of the contents.

Lt. Blodgett questioned Wilder as Officer Bridges checked Wilder’s information, and also noticed a digital scale.

When asked what the scales were used for, Wilder allegedly responded, “You know what they’re for.”

According to the report, this comment gave Blodgett and Bridges probable cause to search the vehicle. Wilder was asked to step away from the vehicle.

After being subjected to a pat down, Wilder was asked if there was anything illegal in the car, and he responded that there was not.

A broken spoon with several scratch marks was discovered in the car.

When asked what the spoon was for, Wilder responded that he was just leaving work and had forgotten about the spoon.

A bag with a white powdery substance was discovered later, and when asked about it, Wilder is alleged to have said that it was used for paper mache.

A syringe was also found during the search. The suspect is alleged to have confirmed to police that he was not diabetic, saying the syringe belonged to his uncle.

According to the police report, Wilder was then arrested.

As Bridges handcuffed Wilder, the officer reported he observed a shiny metal object clenched in the suspect’s hand.

Officer Bridges told Wilder to unclench his grip, and removed a cylinder object from his hand. The contents of the cylinder had already been dumped out. A white residue was inside the lining and threads of the cylinder.

The white bag later tested positive for cocaine, and several objects commonly associated with cocaine use were discovered.

Oswald Wilder Jr. remained incarcerated in the Decatur County Jail as of press time Friday, and no bond had been set for the suspect.

Contact: Tess Rowing 812-663-3111 x7004

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