By Jessie Williams
Deputies from the Macon County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to Pleasant Valley Rd. on January 23, 2021, at approximately 2:30 p.m., after a man, who appeared to be intoxicated, was reported to be standing in the road.
Deputy Josh Meador arrived at the scene, made contact with the individual, and located a black car nearby that he determined was the vehicle the man had been driving.
The subject - 41-year-old Richard McDaniel, of Antioch - was detained by the officer.
According to Meador’s report, a 9 mm pistol and hypodermic needles were in plain view inside the car. McDaniel was also found to be carrying a large amount of cash on his person.
Deputy Aaron Shipley of the Macon County Sheriff’s Department and a Lafayette Police Department K-9 handler and K-9 arrived on the scene to assist.
The K-9 did make a positive indication that drugs were, or had been, inside the car.
A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of approximately 49 grams of a powdery substance that field tested positive for heroin and fentanyl. Also found were numerous prescription pills, a second handgun under the driver’s seat that came back stolen out of another county, and approximately 175 empty plastic baggies commonly used in the resale of narcotics.
The vehicle and cash were seized by the Macon County Sheriff’s Department and McDaniel was charged with manufacture of narcotics (two counts), theft of property, simple possession, criminal impersonation, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a firearm during a violent felony.
His bond was set at $115,000, and he is scheduled to appear in general sessions court on February 10, 2021.
Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons would like to commend all of the deputies involved in this case, and urges residents to contact his office to report an illegal drug activity in the community. Callers may remain anonymous if they so choose.