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Indiana man causing disturbance at Kalahari draws police attention to drugs, gun and ammo in his car

Posted at 3:42 PM, Jun 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-06 15:48:04-04

Two Indiana brothers who were getting rowdy and causing a disturbance at the Kalahari Resort led authorities to search a car belonging to one of the brothers, where police discovered drugs, a gun and several boxes of ammunition.

On June 2 around 9 p.m., a security officer reported to police that Nicholas Sturges, 29, and his brother were intoxicated and kicking drinks into nearby crowds, yelling obscenities and offering resort guests ecstasy and methamphetamine, according to the police report.

Officers from the Erie County Sheriff's Office told the brothers to get off the property, warning them to stay away for the remainder of the day.

The brother of Sturges, who is not being named in this article because we have not confirmed any charges against him, fled from Kalahari security, but was later located and taken into custody.

Approximately an hour later, Kalahari security told police that Sturges had returned and was sitting inside his truck with the keys in the ignition.

Sturges agreed to a portable breathalyzer test, which showed a blood alcohol content of .140, according to the police report.

When asked if he had anything to drink, he told officers, "I had way too much." 

Sturges was placed under arrest.

Before being towed, police located the following items in his car:

  • Two plastic bags containing what police believe was methamphetamine weighing approximately 10 ounces
  • .380 caliber handgun and extra ammunition
  • M-8000 explosive (firecracker)
  • Several digital scales and various sizes of plastic baggies
  • Several cell phones

Sturges, who was taken to jail, admitted to police that everything they found was his.

"It is my truck, everything inside of that truck belongs to me," Sturges told police.

He added, "I think I am going to have some pending drug charges coming my way."

Sturges was charged with improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon, possessing a schedule II substance, trafficking in drugs and criminal trespassing and physical control.