Seven arrested on charges related to drug activity

The Tribune Staff Reports

Seven people were arrested Tuesday in North Vernon as the result of two separate incidents involving drug activity.

The most recent incident was reported at 7:53 p.m. Tuesday when North Vernon officers responded to a report of a disturbance at 156 W. Walnut St.

After an investigation, police obtained a search warrant for an apartment rented by James McAuliff IV, 29, and arrested Frank Bailey, 19, of North Vernon on a warrant for possession of cocaine.

McAuliff and three others, Breaunna Mayes, 22, and Junara Bailey, 43, both of North Vernon, and James Wheeler, 19, of Seymour, were arrested for visiting/maintaining a common nuisance.

Frank Bailey was being held without bond in the Jennings County Jail, while the others were booked in and being held on $605 bonds.

The second incident involved a report of drug activity in the parking lot of a bar in the 300 block of Hoosier Street at 4:13 p.m. Tuesday.

During that investigation, K-9 Zobi and his handler were called to the scene, and the dog alerted to a drug odor coming from a vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle, police reported finding drug paraphernalia and a small amount of methamphetamine.

Michael Davis-Taylor, 27, of North Vernon was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony, and a Class A misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia, while Jeffrey A. Bower, 37, of North Vernon was arrested on an active Jennings County warrant for failure to appear for possession of methamphetamine, public intoxication, possession of a device used to trick a drug screen and possession of paraphernalia.

Davis-Taylor was booked into the jail at 5:16 p.m. Tuesday on a $3,155 bond, while Bower was booked in at 5:12 p.m. on a $2,605 bond.