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A tip from an off duty member of the Huntingburg Police Department led to the arrest of a Jasper man on charges of possession and dealing drugs over the holiday weekend.

At a quarter after 12 Sunday afternoon Jasper police arrested 24-year old Matthew Stephens of Jasper after they received word that a hand to hand drug transaction has possibly taken place at Wendy’s in Huntingburg.

Huntingburg authorities told Jasper police that one of the vehicles involved was a silver Nissan with a Texas license place and it was northbound on U.S. 231.

Jasper Police spotted car in question along the 1100 block of Bartley Street and conducted a traffic stop near 13th and Maute streets after the car allegedly went left of center on 13th.

Jasper’s K-9 unit was called in and did a check around the vehicle’s outside and detected an odor of a controlled substance near the driver’s door and the open window where Stephens was sitting.

A police search resulted in two white pills both Schedule II controlled substances. Also, tucked between the driver’s seat and the center console, was a set of finger scales.

A search of Stephens personally ended with the discovery of heroin that was concealed in his behind.

Police say Stephens eventually turned the items over to authorities that included two baggies that contained about 6 grams of heroin.

Stephens was taken to and booked into the Dubois County Security Center on a Level 5 Felony count of possession of heroin; Level 6 Felony counts of dealing in a Schedule I controlled substance, two counts of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of maintaining a common nuisance.

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