A Huntington man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for possession of 14 grams of heroin, with an additional 13 years for habitual offender enhancement on Tuesday.
Larry Eugene Reust, Jr., 38, of Huntington was found guilty of one count of possession of a narcotic drug weighing between 10 and 28 grams, a Level 3 felony, along with a habitual offender charge. Reust was sentenced to 25 years in prison on March 24.
According to the sentencing order, a jury trial was held and concluded on March 10, 2020 where Reust Jr. was found guilty of the first count. Upon finding of guilt by the jury, Reust Jr. entered an admission to the habitual offender enhancement and to the enhancement on count one, which amended the first count from a Level 4 felony to a Level 3 felony.
“Aggravating circumstances are the substantial volume of the Defendant’s criminal history as well as the substantial nature of the crimes involved in the Defendant’s criminal history,” the sentencing order stated.
Reust Jr. faces four Level 2 felony charges linked to dealing methamphetamine, controlled substances and cocaine, all in the amount of 10 or more grams, according to a court filing from Dec. 5. The jury trial for these felonies is scheduled for May 27, 2020.
Reust Jr. also faces a Level 5 felony for battery by means of a deadly weapon, two Level 6 felonies including battery against a public safety official and resisting law enforcement by using a vehicle, which have jury trial dates scheduled for June 23, 2020.
Three additional felonies, including two Level 5 felonies of dealing a schedule one drug in a penal or juvenile facility and trafficking a controlled substance with an inmate, and a Level 6 felony for possession of a controlled substance are also against Reust Jr., awaiting a jury trial on July 7, 2020.
In October 2019, an officer at the Huntington County Jail was notified by an inmate of a large amount of Suboxone, a narcotic, in Cell Block D which was allegedly brought in by Reust Jr., according to a police report.
After further investigation, officers found footage of Reust Jr. and an inmate going into D2 and shutting the door. an inmate is seen slipping something through the fire door to cell block C, according to police.
According to the report, another inmate is seen retrieving the item and putting something in his mouth.
A drug test was ordered on the inmate in the video along with two other inmates. Two inmates tested positive for Suboxone.
During an interview with police on Nov. 3, Reust Jr. reportedly admitted to bringing Suboxone into the jail when he was booked, but police say he was unsure how many pills he had brought into the jail.
One of the inmates reportedly confirmed he was passed a strip of Suboxone through the fire door of the jail but was uncertain who passed it to him. He stated he knew he would be receiving the suboxone “sometime that night” so he was “waiting for it,” the affidavit states.
Back in Oct. 22, 2019 Reust Jr. was arrested in a raid by officers from Andrews, Huntington and the Allen County SWAT team.
Reust Jr. was charged with Level 3 felony for possession of a narcotic drug weighing between 10 and 23 grams, a Level 5 felony charge for battery by means of a deadly weapon, and a Level 6 felony charge for battery against a public safety official.
During the search of the home, located on the 300 Block of Clifton Street in Andrews, two subjects were taken into custody. Reust Jr. was taken into custody for a warrant four three felonies and four misdemeanors in Huntington County.
Reust Jr. was taken to the Huntington County Jail, where officers conducted a body search and found a bag containing 14 grams of a “brown substance”, which later field tested positive for heroin.
The search warrant directed officers to search for and take Reust Jr. into custody, according to Bullock.
Officers with the Andrews Police Department, Huntington County Sheriff’s Department, Huntington City Police Department, and the Allen County SWAT team executed the search on the home at approximately 6:15 p.m.
The felonies which warranted the search took place on Aug. 20, 2019. Reust Jr. allegedly struck an officer with his car at the Rodeway Inn, 2820 Hotel Ave. leading to a police pursuit around 12:30 p.m., according to a Huntington Police Department press release.
Reust Jr. struck several parked cars as the vehicle exited the parking lot and began traveling northbound on Hotel Avenue. Officers continued to pursue the vehicle eastbound on Northpoint Avenue and north on State Road 5.
The vehicle left the roadway on S.R. 5 just south of Bracken Road, according to a Huntington Police Department press release.
According to a witness statement from an employee of the Rodeway Inn, they told the manager about possible evidence of drugs in the room including a “clear baggie with a crystal-like substance” before a “yelling match” occurred preceding the police chase.
Police originally responded to Rodeway Inn in regards to a dispute. Reust Jr. was reportedly observed in the driver’s seat of the vehicle upon arrival. Police say he fled the scene as county officers approached.
Reust Jr. received no accrued jail credit for time incarcerated prior to the sentencing due to being incarcerated for the battery against a public official charge, according to the sentencing order.