Traffic stop nets drug arrests in Brownstown area


A traffic stop Tuesday night in the Brownstown area led to the arrest of a Seymour woman who was the target of a two-month drug investigation, police said.

Crystal Howard, 28, was arrested on three counts of dealing methamphetamine, two Level 5 felonies and one Level 3 felony, said Reserve Officer Brent Terry with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

Howard also was arrested for operating a vehicle while never having received a driver’s license, a Class C misdemeanor, possession of a scheduled drug and violation of the Legend Drug Act, both Class A misdemeanors.

Her arrest came during a traffic stop in the 3600 block of East County Road 400S in the Brownstown area, Terry said.

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That stop also led to the arrest of Delbert Allman, 43, of Seymour, on charges of possession of a syringe, a Level 6 felony, and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.

Terry said he pulled over a Ford Escape, registered to Allman, after he spotted multiple traffic violations, including failure to use a turn signal.

Terry said he saw Howard and Allman switch driving positions after the stop.

Allman was unable to provide proof of insurance, and the vehicle was towed, Terry said.

He said police found syringes and drug paraphernalia during a vehicle inventory before the vehicle was towed.

The investigation that led to the drug charges against Howard was conducted by county Detective Ben Rudolph and Officer Jeff Walters.

A Level 3 felony carries a sentence of three 16 years upon conviction.

Both were booked into Jackson County Jail in Brownstown on Tuesday evening without bond.

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