Two arrested for dealing heroin

Several recent controlled purchases led to the arrest of two Seymour residents on Monday, police said.

Matthew Anderson, 33, and Jessica Cox, 30, each face three Level 5 felony charges of dealing heroin.

Seymour Officer Mathew Carver, a narcotics detective, said the arrests stem from a three-month investigation that included controlled purchases in which Anderson and Cox were the suppliers.

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He said Anderson and Cox, who are in a relationship, and the controlled purchases were made from both of them.

The two were arrested Monday in the 200 block of North Sandy Creek Drive around 3:40 p.m. after a traffic stop by Seymour Officer Adam Surface, Carver said.

He added that police will continue their investigation and more arrests are possible.

Carver said police hope the arrests make an impact of recent overdoses, which he said has resulted in four or five deaths in the last few months.

“It’s a good thing for our community to arrest these people that are dealing this poison within the community,” he said. “To be able to arrest those people that are moving this stuff, it definitely makes Seymour safer in the sense that these people aren’t out peddling this stuff.”

Carver said the heroin that’s being circulated locally has “different things in it” where users are not able to determine whether it’s pure heroin or if it is cut with other substances, including fentanyl, which can lead to overdoses.

The arrests follow three arrests made last month for dealing drugs where Seymour police used similar investigation tactics of controlled purchases.

Officers arrested two Seymour residents and one North Vernon resident last month for dealing methamphetamine as part of three separate investigations.

A Level 5 felony is punishable by one to six years in prison upon conviction. The advisory sentence is three years.