A cop trying to help get a Leesburg man out of the cold in December found a smoking device with methamphetamine in the man’s possession.





Todd Douglas Metz, 45, of 10 Yvonna St., Leesburg, was arrested and booked into the Kosciusko County Jail at 4:27 p.m. Thursday for an initial charge of possession of methamphetamine with a bond set at $10,000 surety and $250 cash.

Court documents filed Monday lists the charges against him as possession of methamphetamine, a level 6 felony, with an enhancement to make it a level 5 felony; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor. Metz previously was convicted of dealing in a controlled substance on Aug. 27, 1997.

On Dec. 21, Warsaw Police officer Paul Heaton saw a man sitting outside a gas station on East Center Street in Warsaw. With it being cold outside, Heaton asked the man – later identified as Metz – if he needed a ride and Metz agreed.

Heaton asked to check Metz for weapons, who gave consent. In searching Metz, Heaton found a methamphetamine smoking device containing a white residue, which tested positive for methamphetamine.