Man earns prison time on methamphetamine charges

A Seymour man received a 20-year prison sentence after police said they pulled him over last year and discovered baggies of methamphetamine.

Silven Vires Jr., 49, entered a guilty plea to dealing in methamphetamine, a Class A felony, and received 20 years with the Indiana Department of Correction from Jackson Circuit Judge Richard Poynter.

The investigation that led to the sentence began March 4 when Seymour Police Officer Jacob Florine pulling over a black Ford Explorer traveling west on Sixth Street in Seymour near the intersection of Ewing Street, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Florine said he pulled over the SUV because of a traffic infraction and found a woman driving and Vires in the passenger seat. Before they were pulled over, something had been thrown out of the passenger window, Florine said.

Police asked the woman to step outside and received consent to do a search of the vehicle.

Inside, police found two black leather pouches and a black and white handkerchief located between the passenger-side front seat and the center console. A meth pipe was found inside the handkerchief, and the pouches had six corner bags containing crystal methamphetamine, police said.

There also was a digital scale, rolling papers, another bag with marijuana and a pouch with a clear bag containing five small tied-up corner bags with methamphetamine in them, police said.

Also found in the vehicle were numerous empty unused corner bags, which were most likely used to package, sell and deliver drugs, Florine said.

In total, Florine said investigators found 11 clear bags containing meth, weighing 22.5 grams, and $425 in Vires’ back pocket.

Vires admitted to police that the drugs were his and that he sold drugs. He said the woman traveling with him knew nothing about it, police said.

Other charges dropped as part of the plea agreement include possession of methamphetamine, a Class C felony; possession of marijuana/hash oil/hashish; and possession of paraphernalia, according to court documents.

Vires was taken to the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown. He received 331 days credit and 331 days credit time.

As part of his sentence, he is to enroll and successfully complete a parenting class approved by the Jackson County Probation Department, paying all costs associated, according to court documents. He also has to pay court costs, a drug interdiction fee of $200 and a public defender fee of $500.

The court also recommended Vires participate in a substance abuse treatment program while in prison.