Seymour teens arrested on drug, gun charges

Two Seymour teenagers were arrested Thursday morning after officers recovered a handgun, drugs and a large amount of currency from their hotel room in Columbus, police report.

At approximately 8 a.m., officers were sent to a hotel in the 2400 block of Jonathan Moore Pike in regards to a couple acting suspiciously, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

The officers were told a man, later identified as Keegan Brooks, 18, was observed displaying a handgun and a large amount of currency.

The officers made contact with Brooks and Stefany J. Thomas, 18, who were inside a hotel room. Officers said both Brooks and Thomas appeared to be under the influence of an unknown intoxicant.

The officers later obtained a search warrant for the room and located more than a pound of marijuana, approximately 90 oxycodone pills, drug paraphernalia, including scales and packaging material, a .380-caliber handgun and more than $5,000 in cash, Harris said.

Brooks and Thomas were placed under arrest and transported to the Bartholomew County Jail in Columbus, where they were remanded to the custody of the jail staff.

While at the jail, officers located additional oxycodone pills that Thomas had reportedly concealed in her clothing, Harris said.

The pair both face charges of dealing in marijuana, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance. Brooks also faces a charge of possession of a handgun without a license, while Thomas faces a charge of trafficking with an inmate.

Both remain incarcerated at the jail without bond on a 48-hour hold, jail officials said. Brooks had a bond set at $32,500, and Thomas’ bond was set at $41,000, according to jail records.

The local Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team assisted with this ongoing investigation, Harris said.