Man arrested following meth dealing investigation near park

A 38-year-old Seymour man was arrested Thursday after police purchased methamphetamine from him over the course of three months, authorities report.

Robert William Edmonds faces a preliminary Level 3 felony charge of dealing in methamphetamine after he sold police between 1 and 5 grams of meth while children were at a nearby park.

Those circumstances enhanced that charge because police said he sold the drugs from a home in the 300 block of Hancock Street within 500 feet of Kessler Park.

Edmonds also faces preliminary Level 4 and Level 5 felony charges of dealing in methamphetamine from the investigation by the Seymour Police Department.

Police went to the residence around 4 p.m. Thursday to arrest Edmonds when a child told them he was hiding in a room in the house, Detective Mike Henley said.

The investigation into Edmonds’ activity will continue, Henley said.

"We expect more arrests will follow," he said.

It’s at least the fifth such arrest this year where Seymour police have purchased drugs and arrested people on dealing charges. It’s the second one this week.

Henley said the area — like others — is currently inundated with methamphetamine.

"It largely has to do with a huge influx coming through Mexico," he said.

Much of the methamphetamine is either pure or nearly pure, which is how investigators know its origin, Henley said.

Edmonds was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 5:02 p.m. Thursday without bond.

A Level 3 felony is punishable between three and 16 years upon conviction. The advisory sentence is nine years.