A Pierceton man accused of dealing meth also was heard in a jailhouse recording saying he’s “too proud to work for someone else.”

Valente Ceballos Jr., 36, of 3104 E. Wooster Road, lot 17, Pierceton, was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail at 6:57 p.m. Saturday and faces charges of dealing in methamphetamine, a Level 2 felony; possession of methamphetamine, a Level 4 felony; possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor.

In this case, filed Nov. 19 in Kosciusko Circuit Court, at 5 a.m. Oct. 8 police went to Ceballos’ address to serve an arrest warrant.

When they knocked on the door, Donna Elayne Everage, 28, of the same address, answered the door and Ceballos was standing behind her.

Police took Ceballos into custody and in plain view observed a mirror, razor blade, smoking device and white powder, according to the affidavit.

Everage told police it was her home, she pays the bills and that Ceballos stays there as her guest. She further admitted that she knows Ceballos sells methamphetamine at her residence and said she uses methamphetamine, according to the affidavit. She then gave officers consent to search the home.

In Everage’s purse, police located 1.67 grams of methamphetamine, and in the living room police found 15.36 grams of meth, six glass smoking devices, two digital scales and 1.35 grams of amphetamine/dextroamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance, according to the affidavit. Police also found several plastic bags with residue.

Ceballos later called Everage from KCJ, according to the affidavit, and they discussed his drug dealing, the difficulty it has caused in their relationship and that Everage’s father does not like Ceballos because he’s a drug dealer, according to the affidavit. Ceballos allegedly acknowledged dealing drugs and said he “didn’t get a legal job because he was too proud to work for someone else.”

Everage currently has a warrant out for her arrest from the matter, according to court papers. She’s facing charges for possession of methamphetamine, a Level 4 felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a Level 6 felony; possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor.

Ceballos’ other drug dealing case stems from a September undercover drug deal by NET 43 officers, in which Ceballos sold 4.02 grams of methamphetamine to an informant, according to court papers in that case.

He’s facing charges in that matter of dealing in methamphetamine, a Level 4 felony; and possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony.