Call leads to arrest on drug charges


A Harrison County man was arrested on several drug charges after an incident Monday night in the parking lot of a Seymour restaurant.

A concerned individual called Seymour Police Department at 6:20 p.m. and said a man, later identified as Matthew Bergman, 24, of New Salisbury, in a vehicle in the Taco Bell parking lot had attempted to sell him LSD.

When police arrived, Sgt. John Watson reported smelling an “overwhelming” odor of burned marijuana coming from Bergman’s vehicle. A woman, identified as Destiny Lawson, 20, of Georgetown, and her 8-month-old child also were in the vehicle.

During the investigation, Watson said he saw plastic bags containing marijuana and glass marijuana pipes in the vehicle.

Watson, Cpl. Adam Surface and Officer Benjamin Miller were concerned for the child’s well-being because of the drug activity, so they asked the Department of Child Services to respond to the scene and evaluate the situation.

Department of Child Services officials were able to find alternate living arrangements for the child until a full evaluation can be completed, police said.

Police received consent from Bergman to search his vehicle. They found additional marijuana, drug paraphernalia and blotter paper containing what Bergman identified as LSD.

Officers seized those items and arrested Bergman, who is facing preliminary charges of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. The blotter paper is being sent to the Indiana State Police laboratory for further examination and identification, police said.

Bergman was taken to the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown. He later posted a $705 bond.

Police said additional charges may be filed.

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