Two arrested on drug charges


By Mitchell Banks | The Tribune

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More than 35 grams of methamphetamine and nearly 3 grams of fentanyl were collected by police following an incident that led to the arrest of two Scipio residents in Seymour.

Juanita White, 35, and Steven Robbins, 57, were arrested for dealing in methamphetamine, a Level 2 felony; possession of methamphetamine, a Level 3 felony possession of a controlled substance (fentanyl) and possession of a syringe, both Level 6 felonies; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.

White also was arrested on outstanding warrants, and Robbins faces an additional charge of resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor.

On Friday, narcotics investigators received information that a passenger vehicle would be transporting an amount of suspected methamphetamine to the Seymour area, according to a news release from Seymour Police Department Lt. C.J. Foster.

Surveillance was set up to search for the suspected vehicle, and at 3:47 p.m., narcotics investigators with the Seymour Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and patrol officers with SPD observed it and initiated an investigative stop on West Tipton Street.

Officers identified White as a passenger of the vehicle and Robbins as the driver.

Since investigators knew White had multiple outstanding warrants, she was immediately removed from her vehicle and taken into custody.

Robbins, still in the vehicle, made furtive movements and rolled up his window. He forcibly resisted arrest when officers attempted to remove him from the vehicle, Foster said. Eventually, he was removed from the vehicle and taken into custody.

An officer deployed their department-issued taser and applied a drive stun to temporarily incapacitate Robbins and take him into custody without additional injury to himself or other officers, Foster said.

When taking inventory from the vehicle after White and Robbins were arrested, more than 35 grams of meth, nearly 3 grams of fentanyl, syringes containing an unknown liquid, an unknown powder and other drug paraphernalia were seized by police, Foster said.

Both were transported to the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown, where they were booked in Friday afternoon.

In Indiana, a Level 2 felony means 10 to 30 years in prison with an advisory sentence of 30 years if convicted.

The investigation in ongoing.

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