Two area men arrested on theft, drug charges

Two men were arrested Tuesday in connection with information about possible drug use and suspicious activity in the 3000 block of Elizabeth’s Way in Seymour, police report.

Joe Forbes, 34, of Seymour faces preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine, neglect of a dependent, theft, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, possession of mushrooms, acid, marijuana and fentanyl and violation of the Legend Drug Act.

Brian Jones, 55, of Westport also was arrested for theft.

According to a news release from Jackson County Sheriff Rick Meyer, the arrests stem from county Lt. Dustin Steward following up on a tip of possible drug use and suspicious activity at the home.

Steward along with county officers Aaron Wilkins and Isaiah Thomas went to the area and located several stolen items, and county Officer Mitch Ray also assisted with obtaining a search warrant for the property, Meyer said.

During the search, officers located a Harley-Davidson motorcycle stolen out of Seymour, a utility box trailer stolen out of Columbus and a Jeep stolen out of Indianapolis, Meyer said.

Inside the home, officers located Forbes along with a female and four children. The female and juveniles were released from the scene.

Once inside the home, another search warrant was requested and granted due to officers locating drugs, Meyer said.

Information developed during the investigation also led to the arrest of Jones.

“We always appreciate the tips and information we receive from the public,” Meyer said. “Thanks to this specific tip, we were able to get drugs off the streets and property back to the owners.”

The investigation is ongoing, and more charges and arrests could be made, Meyer said.

Others assisting with the investigation include county officers Justin Amos and Kevin Settle and Meyer.