Drug overdose report leads to discovery of stolen items


While responding to an overdose call Monday afternoon, county officers discovered illegal substances and stolen property in a rural Brownstown home.

According to a news release from Jackson County Sheriff Rick Meyer, Officer Mitch Ray responded to a call claiming that Jeffrey Browning, 37, had overdosed in the 1500 block of West County Road 300N.

Meyer said Ray was able to administer Narcan to Browning. He was then treated by personnel with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services before being transferred to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, where he received further treatment.

While treating Browning, Ray noticed illegal drugs and paraphernalia in plain view, Meyer said. That led the county’s narcotics officer to request a search warrant for the property.

After the warrant was approved and signed by Jackson Superior Court I Judge AmyMarie Travis, officers searched the residence. During their search, they found substances believed to be marijuana and heroin, syringes and paraphernalia.

While searching, Meyer said officers also found a DeWalt miter/chop saw with distinguishing marks that had been reported as stolen after a burglary in Jackson County earlier this year. The victim of the burglary later confirmed with police that this item belonged to them.

Travis then granted officers a second search warrant, allowing them to seize the stolen property and any other items associated with that burglary. Officers were then able to locate 10 items that were tied to that incident.

The investigation into this incident is still ongoing, and Meyer said he predicts arrests in the future.

Ray was assisted by County Officer Richard Rotert, county reserve officers Richard Rotert and John Hinton and Brownstown Officer Sam Hughes.

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