Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Dealing and Weapons Arrest

An Evansville man is in jail after deputies discovered a handgun and synthetic drugs inside a vehicle during a traffic stop.

On Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 9:45 PM Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office deputies were in the area of Old Business 41 and Diamond Avenue when they observed a Chevrolet pick-up truck fail to signal a turn. Deputies also noticed there was no light illuminating the vehicles license plate as required by Indiana law.

The vehicle was stopped and the driver was identified as Mr. Kyle Haynes. Mr. Haynes’ driving privileges were suspended and he had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for his arrest. A passenger was identified as Mr. Daniel Lorenz Jr., although he initially gave deputies a false name. Mr. Lorenz had an active felony warrant issued in Vanderburgh County for Auto Theft. Both men were taken into custody.

After a roadside investigation, deputies found a handgun tucked in the seat where Mr. Lorenz was seated. Mr. Lorenz admitted he did not have a permit to carry the handgun. In addition to the gun deputies discovered over 7 ounces of synthetic cannabinoids, two sets of digital scales, a plastic bag containing handgun bullets and $300 in cash.

Both suspects were booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail and will make an initial court appearance today.


Daniel Ray Lorenz Jr. (pictured above), 24, of Evansville. Dealing in Synthetic Drug or Lookalike Substance as a Level 6 Felony, Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoid as a Class A Misdemeanor, Possession of Paraphernalia as a Class B Misdemeanor, False Informing as a Class B Misdemeanor, Carrying a Handgun without a License as a Class A Misdemeanor, Auto Theft Warrant

Kyle Eugene Haynes (pictured above), 21, of Evansville. Driving While License Suspended as a Class A Misdemeanor, Failure to Appear on chages of Operating Vehicle while Intoxicated

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