Local woman faces charges of dealing meth

A Jennings County woman was arrested Monday night in Seymour after she was found to be in possession of more than 20 grams of methamphetamine, police report.

Alexis M. Hardesty, 34, of North Vernon faces charges of dealing methamphetamine more than 10 grams, a Level 2 felony, and possession of methamphetamine between 10 and 28 grams, a Level 4 felony.

According to the probable cause affidavit, a Seymour Police Department officer spotted Hardesty driving a vehicle with expired plates. The officer had dispatch run the plates and learned in addition to being expired, the plates were registered to a separate vehicle.

Police pulled Hardesty over at a convenience store on East Tipton Street east of Interstate 65 and questioned her about the vehicle’s registration.

Hardesty provided police with the title to the vehicle and said she had recently purchased it, police reported.

The title was signed but was missing information, such as the date of purchase and the purchase price.

Police then checked Hardesty’s driver’s license and found it had been suspended. During a search of the vehicle, the department’s K-9, Ace, alerted officers to illegal narcotics inside the vehicle.

Hardesty told police it was likely marijuana “shake” and that she did not have anything illegal on her person.

A female officer was called to search Hardesty and found six plastic bags containing methamphetamine in her pants.

The bags each contained around 3.5 grams of methamphetamine, commonly known as an eight ball. Police estimate the total value of the drugs to be between $2,000 and $2,300.

Hardesty was taken to the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown, where she is currently being held without bond.

A Level 2 felony carries a sentence of 10 to 30 years in prison upon convictioin with an advisory sentence of 17½ years.