Seymour woman faces four counts of dealing in methamphetamine


A Seymour woman was arrested early Sunday morning on four Level 3 felony charges of dealing in methamphetamine near a school.

The charges against Melinda R. Bell, 34, were enhanced to Level 3 felonies because she sold methamphetamine to an undercover officer on at least four occasions from her residence near St. Ambrose Catholic School in Seymour, said Detective Cpl. Brian Moore with the Seymour Police Department.

Moore said Bell, who lives in the 300 block of South Chestnut Street, was getting the methamphetamine she was selling from the Louisville, Kentucky, area.

“She wasn’t going to Louisville,” he said. “Someone was getting it and delivering it to her.”

The investigation into Bell’s activities began just a little more than a year ago when police received information she was selling methamphetamine, Moore said.

He said Bell wasn’t selling large quantities of methamphetamine, but the charges were enhanced because she was selling methamphetamine near a school and when classes were in session.

Moore said the investigation is ongoing with other arrests possible.

Bell was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 1:20 a.m. Sunday and was being held without bond pending her initial hearing.

A Level 3 felony is punishable by three to 16 years in prison upon conviction.

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