Women arrested on meth charges in separate incidents


A 36-year-old Seymour woman faces a Level 4 felony charge of dealing in methamphetamine after police found about 3 grams of the stimulant in a vehicle during a traffic stop Wednesday on the city’s southeast side.

Cassandra Lee Collins was arrested on that charge at 9:28 p.m. at Oak Street and Marley Lane near Margaret R. Brown Elementary School, police said.

The incident that led to her arrest began when Paul Edward Prewitt, the driver of the 1999 Buick Collins was a backseat passenger in, failed to use a turn signal at the intersection and was pulled over by Officer Ben Miller.

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Miller called Officer Devlin McMindes to use a K-9 to search the vehicle after he became suspicious of drug activity, Detective Mike Henley said.

The dog alerted or indicated a narcotic was present, he said.

Officers then searched the car and found about 3 grams of methamphetamine, scales, baggies, a Suboxone strip used to treat opioid abuse disorder and $1,192 in cash, Henley said.

Police also found less than 30 grams of marijuana that belonged to Prewitt, who was cited for a Class A misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.

A front-seat passenger was not cited in the incident.

Collins was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 10:38 p.m. and was being held without bond pending her initial hearing. A Level 4 felony is punishable between two and 12 years if convicted.

Seymour police also arrested a Jennings County woman on a Level 6 felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia while serving a Jennings County warrant on Wednesday.

Samantha Janelle Combs, 28, of North Vernon was arrested after police in Jennings County alerted Seymour officers they believed Combs was at an address in the 300 block of North Poplar Street.

Combs was wanted on a theft charge.

When police arrested her, they found methamphetamine in a pipe in her pocket, Henley said.

Cpl. Michael Payne responded to the incident.

Combs was booked into the Jackson County Jail at 10:17 p.m. and being held without bond pending her initial hearing.

A Level 6 felony is punishable by six months to two and a half years in jail upon conviction.

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