Men arrested after wrong box submitted for return


JENNINGS COUNTY — Two North Vernon men were arrested after one of them attempted to return a cellphone to a local business but the box contained his drug paraphernalia.

Jennings County Officer Thomas Mellencamp and Reserve Officer Dylan Smock were sent to a local business at 8:22 p.m. Friday after employees reported finding a glass smoking device commonly used to smoke methamphetamine, said Chief Deputy Dave Turner.

The pipe was inside of a box for a cellphone that a male subject had attempted to return to the store, Turner said.

Mellencamp made contact with the man, identified as Marvin Cumberworth of North Vernon, who admitted that he did have methamphetamine on his person, Turner said.

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The methamphetamine was located and Cumberworth, who is 50, was arrested and transported to the Jennings County Jail. During a search at the jail, a larger amount of methamphetamine was located on Cumberworth, Turner said.

Further investigation led to Cumberworth’s home in Campbell Township police found approximately 8 grams of methamphetamine and 180 grams of marijuana, Turner said.

Deputies then made contact with James Earl, 40, North Vernon, who was also in the residence, and located methamphetamine on his person, Turner said. Earl also was taken into custody.

Cumberworth told deputies he sold methamphetamine and marijuana to supplement his income, Turner said.

Cumberworth was charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance. He was being held in the Jennings County Jail on $12,055 bond, jail officials said.

Earl was being held on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance, Turner said. Earl was being held on $3,055 bond.

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