North Vernon woman faces drug charges after traffic stop


A North Vernon woman was arrested Wednesday afternoon after a Jennings County officer stopped her for a traffic violation.

Tamara K. Ross, 35, was arrested after police found methamphetamine, fentanyl and a firearm on her over the course of the traffic stop, according to a news release from the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department.

Ross was a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a traffic stop at 5 p.m. at U.S. 50 and County Road 900W.

During the traffic stop, Officer Ian McPherson suspected criminal activity and requested a K-9 for a clean air sniff. Seymour Police Department K-9 Officer Devlin McMindes and K-9 Edi arrived on the scene, and Edi responded to a narcotic odor.

During the investigation, police found the illegal substances and firearm on Ross, and she was taken to the Jennings County Jail in North Vernon, where she is being held with a bond of $3,155.

Other occupants of the vehicle were not involved in any wrongdoing and were released, police said.

Ross faces two preliminiary Level 5 felony charges for possession of methamphetamine with a firearm and possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, a Level 6 felony charge for obstruction of justice and a Class A misdemeanor charge for possession of paraphernalia.

Upon conviction, a Level 5 felony carries a one- to six-year prison sentence with an advisory sentence of three years. A Level 6 felony carries a prison sentence of six months to two and a half years with an advisory sentence of one year.

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