Arrest warrant leads to search warrant, five arrests


Five area residents were arrested Wednesday morning at a rural North Vernon residence after the service of an arrest warrant led to the discovery of drug activity, police report.

Jeremy M. Jones, 42, of North Vernon faces a Level 2 felony of possession of a controlled substance and dealing in a controlled substance; Level 6 felonies of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, dealing in marijuana and possession of a syringe, visiting/maintaining a common nuisance, and a Class C misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia.

Four other people, Travis J. Groce, 37, Marialena E. Cole, 34, and Christina Y. Bottos, 43, all of North Vernon, and Dawn L. Austerman, 36, of Scottsburg, all face Class B misdemeanor charges of visiting/maintaining a common nuisance. Austerman also faces a Level 6 felony of possession of methamphetamine and Bottos also faces a charge of interfering with a drug or alcohol screening test.

The five were arrested after North Vernon officers served an arrest warrant at about 9:40 a.m. Wednesday at a residence at 1155 W. County Road 15S, North Vernon, according to a news release from North Vernon Police Dept.

While serving the warrant, officers reporting seeing drug paraphernalia. A search warrant was obtained and the residence was searched.

Officers located reporting finding other miscellaneous drug paraphernalia items, methamphetamine, marijuana (approximately 174 grams), digital scales and clear plastic bags during the search.

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