A local man faces preliminary charges of dealing in narcotics and possession of stolen property related to the discovery of drugs, paraphernalia and stolen property Wednesday inside four storage units in Seymour, police reported.
Bobby Darrell Sexton, 37, of Seymour was arrested by Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Officer Brad Barker and booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 4:36 p.m. Wednesday. He was being held without bond Friday afternoon pending his initial court hearing.
The charges against Sexton stem from the execution of a search warrant by officers with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and Seymour Police Department, according to a news release from Sheriff Rick Meyer.
He said the warrant was obtained after police were able to develop information during an investigation of several weeks that the units contained stolen property and narcotics.
On Wednesday, county K-9 Officer Ben Rudolph with his dog, Nyx, and Seymour K-9 Officer Adam Surface with his dog, Nash, conducted a free air sweep of the units, and the dogs alerted to possible narcotics inside them, Meyer said. Police then sought and obtained the warrant, signed by Jackson Superior Court II Judge Bruce MacTavish.
Meyer said drugs located inside the units during the subsequent search included methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, LSD, mushrooms and medication. Several items used to smoke, snort and inject illegal drugs also were located along with stolen construction tools and electronics, including cordless tools, air compressors, generators, welders and some electronic items.
Police believe those items, which had an estimated value of more than $30,000, were taken as payment for illegal narcotics, Meyer said.
Sexton had been seen at and in the specific storage units during the investigation, and his name was on the lease of a unit. Information gathered by investigators over the past few weeks also implicated Sexton being involved with the illegal activity, Meyer said.
The investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are possible, he said.
The search warrant was executed by Meyer, Detective J.L. McElfresh, Detective Sgt. Stan Darlage, Detective Mark Holt, Barker and Seymour Detective Mathew Carver.
Several other county and city officers assisted with the investigation.
The two departments have been working well together and sharing information in an attempt to slow down drug activity and thefts in the county, Meyer said.
The possession of stolen property charge is a Level 2 felony, punishable by 10 to 30 years in prison upon conviction.