Springfield man allegedly snorts meth in back of police van


A Springfield man is facing drug possession charges after snorting meth in the back of a police van after he was arrested for outstanding warrants.

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Brandon D. Bess, 31, has been charged with two counts of drug possession and one count of tampering with evidence. He also had two outstanding warrants for receiving stolen property, according to court records.

Police officers were investigating a theft at the Family Dollar store on West Main Street when they noticed Bess walking around the store. Bess was taken into custody for the two warrants and was found to have a baggie with prescription pills believed to be Klonopin, according to a police report. He was taken back to headquarters in a police van.

As Bess was being booked, officers inspected the patrol van and found a small crystal-like substance where Bess was allegedly sitting, the report said. Officers reviewed the in-car camera footage which showed Bess allegedly reach down to remove his right shoe, pick up the substance and put his shoe back on. Seconds later, Bess attempted to try and snort the substance, but was unable to snort all of the substance because the van had arrived at headquarters, the report said.

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Bess initially told police he didn’t snort anything. After being told he would be taken to the hospital because he possibly snorted something, he told officers: “Man, I ain’t going to overdose, it was a small piece of ‘ice’ I had in my shoe and I won’t overdose off that,” the report said.

Bess was treated and released from Springfield Regional Medical Center. He was later booked into the Clark County Jail.

A warrant was issued for Bess’ arrest on July 20 after he and a woman allegedly stole more than $115 in wedding decorations from a vehicle in German Twp. and used the receipt to return them back to the Walmart store on Bechtle Avenue, according to court records.

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Bess is expected to appear in court at 10:30 a.m. today.

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