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Worthington man, who claimed to be his brother, facing felony drug charges in two separate cases

Aaron A. Weber

Aaron A. Weber

A warrant was out for the arrest of a Worthington man accused of meth possession when a Bloomfield police officer spotted him driving through Bloomfield last week. The officer turned around to catch up to him and arrested him on the warrant but reported the man had more drugs and paraphernalia in his possession.

Aaron Alan Weber, 24, of Worthington, is now facing two criminal cases, both involving felony drug possession.

The first case was filed against Weber after a state trooper made a traffic stop in Lyons on April 18.

Weber was not the driver. He was the passenger in a car, which turned out to be stolen, driven by Dustin Abel.

Abel was stopped by Indiana State Police Trooper Randall Van Arsdale around 1 p.m. that day. Van Arsdale said he saw a white Kia car turn onto Meridian Street in Lyons with a rear license plate so dirty the numbers could not be read. He initiated a stop.

The driver, Abel, said he didn’t have his license with him but gave the trooper a name, which turned out to be his brother’s name. Then he said he had just borrowed the car and did not have a registration.

When the trooper ran records checks, he learned the Kia had been reported as stolen out of Lawrence County. The driver then admitted he had used his brother’s name in an attempt to avoid getting in trouble. Dustin Abel’s driver’s license had been suspended since October of 2017. Abel has since been convicted of identity deception.

Coincidentally, Weber is also accused of giving his own identical twin brother’s name to the trooper during the same traffic stop, but he was later correctly identified to be Aaron Weber.

The trooper reported Weber had a plastic baggie with a metal spoon in a pocket and the crystal-like substance found on the spoon tested positive for methamphetamine. Officers also reported finding nine plastic baggies in one of Weber’s pockets and they all tested positive for meth.

Weber was transported to jail that day but the staff refused to accept him due to a medical problem so Trooper Van Arsdale took him to Greene County General Hospital where he was admitted for treatment.

A criminal case was later filed against Weber for possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony, and identity deception, a Level 6 felony.

A warrant was issued for his arrest on May 29.

Then last Thursday, June 28, Lt. Marvin Holt of the Bloomfield Police Department saw Weber driving through Bloomfield, recognized him and knew he did not have a valid driver’s license. He turned around and caught up with Weber on South Lewis Street.

Lt. Holt detained Weber on the warrant but reported Weber was in possession of another spoon with a substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine, a syringe and other items of paraphernalia.

Weber was booked into the Greene County Jail where he was initially held without bond pending a court appearance.

The second case was filed and when Weber appeared in court for his initial hearing, he was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony; unlawful possession of a syringe, a Level 6 felony; maintaining a common nuisance involving controlled substances, a Level 6 felony; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor.

In the first case, Weber’s bond was set at $8,000 surety with ten percent cash allowed. In the second case, his bond was set at $15,000 surety with ten percent cash allowed. That’s a total of $23,000 – it would take $2,300 cash to bond out.

Greene County Public Defender Alan Baughman was appointed to represent Weber.

Click here to find stories involving the traffic stop in Lyons and Dustin Abel.