Prosecutor: Anonymous tip takes down Evansville meth dealer


Pictured: An evidence photo shown Newbold’s trial. Photo courtesy Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Late Thursday afternoon, a jury found 42-year-old Samuel Newbold Guilty for numerous drug offenses following a lengthy investigation by the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Joint Drug Task Force and the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office into suspected drug dealing activity in an Evansville neighborhood.

Following the two-day trial, it took the jury less than 15 minutes to convict Newbold of multiple felonies, with the highest being Level 2.

The maximum punishment for a Level 2 felony is 30 years in prison. 

Following the verdict, Samuel Newbold also pled guilty to a Habitual Offender Enhancement for having at least two prior unrelated felony convictions. 

That enhancement could add up to 20 years on Newbold’s final prison sentence.

In February, an anonymous call into the WeTip hotline alerted law enforcement to possible drug activity at an apartment in the 1200 block of East Maryland Street in Evansville. 

The following day detectives executed a search warrant at the apartment and seized 132.5 grams of methamphetamine, as well as numerous drug paraphernalia items. 

“One call to the WeTip hotline led to the successful take down of a large methamphetamine dealer in our community,” explained Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann.  “With the support from citizens, we have the tools in place to rid the streets of drugs.  One call at a time.  The incredible detective work of Nathan Hassler provided Deputy Prosecutor Brandon Robinson with the evidence to successfully prosecute Samuel Newbold.”

According to Detective Nathan Hassler with the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Joint Drug Task Force, the total amount of methamphetamine and paraphernalia, “Leaves no doubt that Samuel Newbold is dealing in large quantities of methamphetamine in the city of Evansville.”

For five months, Vanderburgh County Deputy Prosecutor Brandon Robinson worked the case to properly prepare it for trial obtaining a successful prosecution of Samuel Newbold.

Newbold will be sentenced on August 8 at 2 p.m.

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This story was originally published on July 12, 2019

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