Elkhart man convicted of dealing cocaine; faces up to 100 yrs.

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

ELKHART, Ind.--- An Elkhart man was convicted of dealing cocaine across the street from a local church sponsored youth club Thursday morning.

Jonathan McPherson, was found guilty of two counts of dealing cocaine within one thousand feet of a youth program center, a Class A felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony; and possession of a firearm by a serious violent offender, a Class B felony.

He was also classified a habitual offender because of a prior conviction related to cocaine dealing.

The conviction stems from an investigation done by the Elkhart Police Department Drug unit in May of 2012.

Police had learned that McPherson might be dealing cocaine at a house on Brady Street in Elkhart.

The drug unit then conducted two controlled buys of cocaine from McPherson at the house on Brady Street before executing a search warrant.

In the search police found a handgun, ammunition, digital scales, cocaine residue, baggies for selling the cocaine, and hundreds of dollars in drug proceeds.

When sentenced on July 25 McPherson faces a maximum of 100 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections.

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