Man charged with trafficking during book-in process


The discovery of methamphetamine on a man being booked into the Jackson County Jail on drug-related charges early Monday led to an additional charge of trafficking, according to a police report.

James Darrin Hess, 48, of Seymour had been brought to jail by city police on other drug-related offenses when the methamphetamine was found, according to county Officer Jesse Hutchinson.

Hutchinson said jail Sgt. Bill Drees and Jailer Daulton Anderson located about 20 grams of methamphetamine on Hess during the book-in process.

Besides the Level 5 felony trafficking charge, Hess was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a Level 4 felony.

Hess, who was booked into jail at 2:32 a.m. Monday, also faces charges of dealing in methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.

He was being held without bond Tuesday morning pending his initial hearing in Jackson Circuit Court.

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