Overdose investigation leads to two arrests


Tribune Staff Reports

Two Jennings County men were arrested Wednesday by police responding to a report of an overdose in the 600 block of Pierce Street in North Vernon.

William Joseph Barlow, 22, and Dugan J. Carter, 24, both of North Vernon, face preliminary Level 5 charges of possession of methamphetamine less than 5 grams and possession of a narcotic drug less than 5 grams; preliminary Level 6 felony charges possession of a Legend Drug and visiting/maintaining a common nuisance; and a Class B misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana, according to court records.

The initial hearings in Jennings Circuit Court for Barlow and Carter are set for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 11. Jennings Circuit Judge Jonathan W. Webster ordered both men to be held on $31,000 bonds.

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According to a news release from Sgt. Andrew Richmond with the North Vernon Police Department, Barlow and Carter were arrested after officers responding to the report of an overdose found Barlow dragging an unresponsive Carter from the apartment.

Officers used naloxone to revive Carter, who was checked by paramedics and refused to go to the hospital, Richmond said.

Officers also noticed illegal drugs in the apartment and obtained a search warrant, Richmond said.

While searching the apartment, police reporting finding more than 75 Clonazepam pills, Suboxon pills, methamphetamine, fentanyl, psilocybin mushrooms and dab, which is a concentrated marijuana extract. Anabolic steroids and hypodermic needles also were also located along with a 9mm handgun, scales, drug paraphernalia and a small amount of cash.

The pair were then arrested.

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