Two arrested in North Vernon on drug-related charges


Two men were arrested on drug-related charges Saturday after police were called to the 200 block of South Madison Avenue in North Vernon about a drug odor.

The incident that led to the arrests of Jason S. Proffitt, 27, and Austin L. Woodson, 21, both of North Vernon, began at about 3 p.m. when Sgt. Andrew Richmond was on patrol in the Madison Avenue area and noticed a strong odor of marijuana, police said.

After determining the odor was coming from a shed at a residence, he called for assistance, and officers Mike Holliday and Shane Lakins responded. The officers made contact with Proffitt and Woodson after they left the shed, police said.

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Woodson had a marijuana cigarette, and Proffitt had a small bag of methamphetamine, a syringe and several packets of heroin, police said.

When searching the shed, officers found more marijuana and 6½ grams of methamphetamine, police said.

Proffitt faces preliminary charges of felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of a controlled substance, felony possession of a syringe and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia, police said.

Woodson faces preliminary charges of felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, police said.