Arrest leads to marijuana plant discovery


By Tribune Staff Reports

The discovery of marijuana plants during a chase of a suspect led to the arrest of two men.

Indiana State Police troopers went to a residence on County Road 600S in Jennings County around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a tip that a wanted North Vernon man was hiding there.

The suspect, later identified as Taylor Wade, 19, of North Vernon, fled into a wooded area upon their arrival. A state police canine was called to the scene to assist with a search.

During the search, Trooper Randel Miller found several marijuana plants while the dog tracked down Wade.

Wade was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony; resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; and on warrants from Bartholomew and Jennings counties.

The methamphetamine charge was filed after a search of Wade as he was being booked into the Jennings County Jail in Vernon turned up the drug.

Troopers also arrested Jason Graham, 39, of Dupont, on charges of illegal possession of a syringe, a Level 6 felony; possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; and cultivating marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor.

Both men were taken to the Jennings County Jail.

An Indiana State Police marijuana eradication unit seized the 11 plants.

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