EPD: Man accused of drug-dealing after marijuana found in apartment

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Police said information from the WeTip Hotline led to a drug-dealing arrest on Tuesday.

Jamar Lavail Banks faces charges of dealing a narcotic drug with enhancements, dealing marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, and operating a vehicle without a license.

Police said they saw Banks and a passenger get into a vehicle at an apartment complex on W Iowa St. and followed it to the Thornton’s gas station on Saint Joseph Ave.

Police said they pulled the vehicle over when it returned to the apartment complex.

The passenger told police the car belonged to her, according to an affidavit.

According to police, she gave consent to search the vehicle.

During the search, police said they found an Oxycodone pill in the center console and a torn baggie with a knot in it.

Police said Banks had $2,644 cash on him.

Police said they read Banks his Miranda Rights and then asked if he had anything illegal in his apartment.

According to police, Banks told them there was marijuana in his apartment.

Police applied for a search warrant and said they found the following items:

-Two bags of a green leafy substance, 17.7 grams
-Two digital scales
-Three glass jars containing green leafy substance, 71.3 grams
-A separate glass jar containing green leafy substance, 13.3 grams
-Large plastic bag containing green leafy substance which tested positive for THC, 356.9 grams
-Magazine to a loaded semi-automatic handgun
-Plastic baggie containing green leafy substance, 11.4 grams
-Five bags containing a green leafy substance, 2449.4 grams
-Black handgun
-14 9mm rounds in the gun and magazine
-Three bags containing green leafy substance, 316.7 grams

According to a police affidavit, Banks made numerous posts on social media advertising illegal drugs and giving prices for different quantities.

Police said Banks posted a picture online of a bottle with oxycodone in it on Monday and said he was not willing to negotiate the price. He said they were $10 apiece.

Then, on Tuesday morning, police said Banks posted online that they were all gone.

Police said that Banks admitted to being a marijuana dealer after authorities searched his apartment.

Banks claimed that the firearm belongs to the passenger in his car, but he admitted to moving it and handling it on previous occasions, according to authorities.

Police said that Banks was receiving messages on his phone while writing the search warrant. Police said the messages indicated people were asking him for drugs.

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(This story was originally published on November 1, 2019)

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