Elkhart man arrested for drugs allegedly threatens to kill EPD safety officer

PHOTO: Clayton Reed (left) and Jaden Tinsley.

ELKHART, Ind. -- Officers with the Elkhart Police Department arrested two suspects over the weekend, one of whom allegedly had pills and powder that tested positive for fentanyl. 

On Saturday morning at approximately 1:46 a.m., an EPD officer says they observed a Ford Explorer commit a traffic violation in the area of S. Main Street and Lusher Avenue and pulled the vehicle over in the area of 2099 S. Main St/Lusher Ave.

The officers saw drug paraphernalia on the driver, 21-year-old Jaden Tinsley of Goshen, and inside the vehicle. During a search they found prescription drugs on the passenger, 25-year-old Clayton Reed of Elkhart.

Both Reed and Tinsley were arrested and taken to the Elkhart County Jail.

It was at the jail that EPD safety officers observed Reed acting 'suspicious.'  After checking the trash can by where Reed was standing, a safety officer found a large bag of pills and a small bag of white powder.

The EPD says that's when Reed threatened to kill one of the safety officers.

Reed was booked on preliminary charges of Possession of a Narcotic Weighing More than 28 grams, a Level 3 Felony; Possession of a Legend Drug, a Level 6 Felony; and Intimidation, a Level 6 Felony.

Tinsley was booked on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana, a Class B Misdemeanor, and Possession of Paraphernalia, a Class C Misdemeanor.

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