North Vernon woman arrested after traffic stop


Indiana State Police arrested a Jennings County woman on drug-related charges after a traffic stop.

At about 11 a.m. Monday, state police received information from the Seymour Police Department and Jennings County Sheriff’s Office that a possible wanted person was traveling in a vehicle on the east side of Seymour, according to a news release from Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, public information officer for the Indiana State Police Versailles Post.

Trooper Randel Miller soon located the Honda Accord, being driven by Kelli Cravens, 44, of North Vernon, on U.S. 50 near U.S. 31.

Miller conducted a traffic stop on Cravens’ vehicle for a traffic infraction, Wheeles said.

Upon speaking to Cravens, she initially provided a false name to troopers and was arrested on the felony warrant out of Jennings County.

After indicators of criminal activity were observed, Miller deployed K-9 Bosco to conduct a sweep of the vehicle. Bosco alerted to the odor of illegal drugs coming from Cravens’ vehicle, Wheeles said.

During a search of the vehicle, troopers located approximately 25 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Cravens was transported to the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown, where she was remanded on initial felony charges of dealing methamphetamine (more than 10 grams), possession of methamphetamine (more than 10 grams) and identity theft. She also faces misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana with a prior conviction and possession of drug paraphernalia. She also was being held on the Jennings County arrest warrant.

Cravens soon will have an initial hearing in Jackson Circuit Court.

Miller was assisted by Trooper Jason Hankins and officers with the Indiana State Excise Police.

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