Possession charges filed against Fayette man

Monday, October 23, 2017

One class D felony and one class D misdemeanor were brought against Ian Taylor, of Fayette, on Saturday, Oct. 21.

According to the probable cause statement, a Marshall police officer was patrolling the area near the Marshall Habilitation Center lake when he observed three subjects near a grey Ford Explorer, who reportedly began moving to the vehicle at a quick pace after seeing the officerís patrol car.

According to the statement, officers had recently conducted a check at the same area, noting multiple items of paraphernalia for multiple types of controlled substances. As the officer made contact with the subjects, he reportedly smelled the odor of raw marijuana. Taylor, the driver, stated he had smoked marijuana in the vehicle three days prior, and that there were loose marijuana particles next to the driverís seat, the report states.

A probable search of the vehicle reportedly revealed loose raw marijuana scattered on the floorboard, and a black and gray backpack, which Taylor allegedly identified as his. A large machete and a black and silver spring-loaded knife were reportedly found in the backpack, among a number of other items. Inside the bag, officers located a case containing a glass smoking device, a folded gum wrapper containing a white crystalized substance, four straws containing the same substance, and a foam pad with pieces cut off; and a baggie containing surgical gloves, with white crystalized substance inside, a lighter and two canisters of butane fuel.

According to online court documents, Taylor was charged with the class D felony of possession of controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid and the class D misdemeanor of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Editorís note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.