Man tries to ingest narcotics during Tipton County traffic stop, deputies say

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Mug shot of Bert McCargo courtesy of Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department


On Oct. 31, 2016, McCargo pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, obstruction of justice and battery. He was sentenced to 18 months in Tipton County Jail and ordered to serve 90 days with the rest suspended. He’ll have 15 months of supervised post jail time, must enroll in anger management and pay the state restitution.

All other charges were dropped.


TIPTON COUNTY, Ind. (March 1, 2016) – A Tipton County man was arrested during a traffic stop after he tried to ingest narcotics.

Deputies with the Tipton County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a possible intoxicated driver traveling northbound on US 31 on Friday, February 26 around 7 p.m.

A deputy observed the driver committing several traffic infractions, and the deputy stopped the vehicle near 3500 North on US 31.

4 Fast Facts

  • Deputies were called to the scene of a possible intoxicated driver.
  • When a deputy stopped the car, Bert McCargo walked away from the deputy.
  • McCargo tried to ingest heroin and Xanax, police say.
  • The deputy stopped McCargo from ingesting the narcotics, and he allegedly bit the deputy.

The driver, later identified as Bert McCargo, 42, of Indianapolis, allegedly exited his vehicle and began walking away from the deputy before speaking with the deputy. The deputy observed a large amount of illegal narcotics in the McCargo’s hand.  The narcotics were later identified as heroin and Xanax.

McCargo then began to ingest the narcotics, but the deputy intervened. A brief struggle ensued and the deputy was able to remove the narcotics from the McCargo’s mouth. McCargo was placed into custody when additional units arrived on the scene.  He was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital.

The deputy sustained bites on his hands and was also treated and then released from the hospital.

McCargo’s charges include dealing in narcotic drug (level 2 felony), possession of narcotic drug (level 4 felony), two counts of obstruction of justice ( level 6 felony), maintaining a common nuisance (level 6 felony), battery (level 6 felony), resisting law enforcement (level 6 felony), possession of a controlled substance, and criminal recklessness .  McCargo was arraigned in the Tipton Circuit Court and his bond was set at $100,000.

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