Traffic stop leads to drug arrests


Three people were arrested Tuesday evening on four felony drug charges after a traffic stop in North Vernon.

Ryan D. Pierce, 30, Sarah Brazzell, 33, and Bradley M. Randall, 38, all of Madison, each face a Level 2 felony charge of dealing in methamphetamine; a Level 3 felony charge of possession of methamphetamine; and Level 6 felony charges of visiting/maintaining a common nuisance and possession of a hypodermic syringe or needle, according to a news release from the North Vernon Police Department.

Brazzell also faces a Class A misdemeanor charge of driving while suspended with a prior conviction within 10 years.

The three were arrested at about 10 p.m. Tuesday when city Officer Michael Holliday, who was working traffic patrol, saw a vehicle with just one working taillight.

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During the ensuing traffic stop, officers reported finding 6.24 ounces of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. That discovery came after Jennings County Sheriff’s Department Officer Cody Low’s dog, Axel, alerted to the presence of a narcotic drug inside the vehicle.

Randall was being held on a $20,055 bond pending his initial court hearing, while Pierce and Brazzell were being held on $10,055 bonds pending their initial hearings.

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