North Vernon man faces drug charges


Tribune staff reports

A 55-year-old Jennings County man faces drug charges after a traffic stop on the north side of Seymour shortly before midnight Thursday, police report.

Michael E. Fortner of North Vernon was preliminarily charged with a Level 2 felony of dealing in marijuana; a Level 3 felony of possession of methamphetamine (30 grams); and Level 6 felonies of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Fortner’s arrest stems from a traffic stop involving two motorcycles failing to have taillights, according to a news release from Jackson County Officer Mark Holt.

During that stop, made in the 700 block of North Chestnut Street, county Officer Mitch Ray discovered a large quantity of methamphetamine belonging to Fortner, Holt said.

Fortner admitted to police during an interview he intended to deliver the methamphetamine to women for entertainment purposes, police said.

A Level 2 felony is punishable by 10 to 30 years in prison upon conviction with an advisory sentence of 20 years.

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