Two people were arrested after the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department Special Response Team and Narcotics Team executed a search warrant Tuesday at a North Vernon home.
The investigation was initiated at 10:50 p.m. after information was obtained that Shey M. Richardson, 27, of North Vernon was involved in the distribution and sale of narcotic drugs, said David Turner, chief deputy of the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department.
Narcotics detectives were granted a search warrant for the home in the 300 block of Laurel Street by Jennings Circuit Judge Jon Webster. The warrant was served with assistance from officers with the North Vernon Police Department.
Two people, identified as Richardson and Dillon W. Steinert, 24, of Butlerville, were located inside the residence when officers arrived, Turner said.
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During the search, officers reported finding about 14.5 grams of suspected fentanyl, approximately 7 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana and paraphernalia, Turner said.
Richardson faces preliminary charges of dealing a narcotic drug, a Level 2 felony; possession of methamphetamine more than 5 grams, a Level 5 felony; possession of a syringe, obstruction of justice and visiting/maintaining a common nuisance, all Level 6 felonies; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. He was booked into the Jennings County Jail in North Vernon and is being held on a $20,055 bond.
Steinert was being held without bond at the jail on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine more than 5 grams, a Level 5 felony; possession of syringe, possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, all Level 6 felonies; and visiting/maintaining a common nuisance, Class A misdemeanor.
Turner said Steinert also had four active arrest warrants issued for his arrest — one issued from Jackson County and three issued from Jennings County.