Drugs, guns and money seized in I-65 traffic stop

Two White County residents were arrested on multiple charges Monday after an Indiana State Trooper initiated a traffic stop on Interstate 65 near Seymour.

That stop, reported at about noon, led to the discovery of crystal methamphetamine, fentanyl, guns and cash in a vehicle, according to a news release from Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles.

Patrick J. Doornbos, 36, and Amber L. Balser, 30, both of Monticello, were arrested on preliminary charges of dealing methamphetamine, a Level 2 felony; possession of methamphetamine, a Level 3 felony; possession of a narcotic drug, a Level 6 felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor, according to Wheeles who is the public information officer for the Versailles Post.

Doornbos also faces a preliminary charge of possession of a handgun by a serious violent felon, a Level 4 felony, while Balser faces an additional charge of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, a Level 5 felony.

The incident that led to the pair’s arrest started when Trooper Randel Miller stopped a Chrysler 300 near the 48-mile-marker for traffic violations, Wheeles said.

Suspicious of possible criminal activity, Miller deployed K-9 Jinx during the traffic stop, Wheeles reported. The K-9 alerted to the odor of illegal drugs in the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle by state troopers led to the discovery of 1.6 pounds of suspected crystal methamphetamine, suspected fentanyl pills, three handguns, drug paraphernalia and around $2,000 in cash, Wheeles said.

Doornbos and Balser were transported to the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown where they were being held Tuesday without bonds pending their initial appearances in Jackson Circuit Court.

Sgt. Bryce Harris and troopers David Owsley, Jayme Herbert, Brandon Love and Jacob Tolle assisted with the investigation and arrests.

A Level 2 felony is punishable by 10 to 30 years in prison with an advisory sentence of 17½, upon conviction.