5 face drug charges after search

A search for stolen property at a residence in Vernon Township yielded methamphetamine, marijuana, cash and firearms; and five Jennings County residents were arrested.

Arrested on drug-related charges were North Vernon residents Charles L. Perry, 26; Israel A. Robbins, 27; Chasity Woodward, 29; and Kathy J. Hardesty, 50; and Brandon Beam, 24, of Dupont.

According to a news release from Lt. Mike Mowery with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, the five were arrested Sunday at a residence on County Road 375E.

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Officers from the sheriff’s department, Officer Mike Ponsler with Jackson-Jennings Community Corrections and Indiana State Police troopers went to the residence with a search warrant to look for stolen property in an unrelated case. During that search, officers reported finding marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash in the home and garage.

Police then obtained a second search warrant for drugs at the residence; and during that search, they reported finding 16 grams of methamphetamine, a pound of marijuana, approximately $9,500 in cash and five firearms.

All of those arrested face Level 6 felony charges of visiting or maintaining a common nuisance and Class A misdemeanor charges of possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

Perry also faces Level 6 felony charges of dealing in methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.

Robbins faces a Level 2 felony charge of dealing in methamphetamine and a Level 6 felony charge of possession of metham- phetamine.

Hardesty faces an additional Level 6 felony charge of unlawful possession of a syringe.

Robbins was being held in the Jennings County Jail on $3,155 bond pending his initial hearing, while the others were being held on $1,055 bonds pending initial hearings.