Rochester man sentenced on drug charges
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A Rochester man was sentenced in federal court on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.
Stephan Howard, 55, was sentenced to 14 years in prison and 5 years supervised release.
He also agreed to forfeit 18 guns seized during a search of his home last year.
On January 17, 2017, Indiana State Police conducted a traffic stop on Howard's vehicle. A K9 conducted a free air sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the odor of narcotics.
During a search of the vehicle, police found approximately $10,000 under the driver's seat.
While searching Howard's person, police found a clear plastic bag with a substance that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine, reports said.
After an interview with Howard, the ISP, Rochester Police, Fulton County deputies and the DEA conducted a search of his home in Rochester.
They found four safes in the master bedroom of the home.
Inside the safes, investigators say they found,
- Over 500 grams of meth
- Approximately 20 guns
- Approximately $200,000 in cash
- Large amount of prescription pills
- Drug ledgers