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18-year sentence handed to Lafayette man for dealing in narcotics

Nelson Dunmars

A Lafayette man who plead guilty to dealing in narcotics was sentenced 18 years on Friday.

Posted: Nov. 17, 2017 3:37 PM
Updated: Nov. 17, 2017 3:39 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A Lafayette man who plead guilty to dealing in narcotics was sentenced 18 years on Friday.

According to court documents 22-year-old Nelson Dunmars was pulled over on Sept. 8, 2016 just before 6 p.m. on Interstate 65 South near the State Road 25 Exit. Officers said they found 14 grams of marijuana in a backpack belonging to Dunmars.

He was arrested and taken to the Tippecanoe County Jail. During the booking process, court documents say a baggie fell to the floor as Dunmars was changing clothes. The baggie weighed 24 grams and tested positive for heroin.

Police setup several controlled buys using a confidential informant involving Dunmars. In each purchase, 1-2 grams of heroin were bought.

Dunmars also has a criminal history with convictions in Cook County for aggravated use of a weapon and theft.

He was sentenced to 18 years for three counts of dealing in a narcotic drug. 12 years will be spent at the Department of Corrections, 3 at the Tippecanoe County of Corrections and 3 years on probation.

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