Traffic stop leads to 4 arrests

A driver who forgot to use a turn signal led police to a significant find of heroin and methamphetamine after a traffic stop.

Four people were arrested at 10:03 p.m. Tuesday near 10th and Union streets, Indiana State Police Master Trooper Tommy Walker said.

Three live in a residence on County Road 900N, about two miles east of Edinburgh, according to jail records. The Edinburgh residents and charges they face are:

Jill Hayes, 37, possession of heroin, a Level 6 felony; possession of methamphetamine, a Level 4 felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a Level 6 felony; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. Bond was set at $110,000.

Amy Shafer, 39, possession of heroin, a Level 6 felony; and visiting a common nuisance, a Class B misdemeanor. Bond was $11,000.

Ian Colson, 33, possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; and visiting a common nuisance, a Class B misdemeanor. Bond was $8,500.

The fourth person taken into custody was identified as Johnathon Tolbert, 29, 508 W. Deaver Road, Columbus.

He was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, a Level 4 felony; possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; and visiting a common nuisance, a Class B misdemeanor. His bond was set at $98,500.

All four were in an older-model passenger car driven by Hayes that was pulled over by Trooper Matt Powell for failing to signal a turn, Walker said.

When Powell saw indications suggesting that drugs were in the vehicle, he asked for assistance from the Columbus Police Department, Walker said.

After Officer Chad Lehman and his police dog Rex arrived, the dog indicated narcotics were in the car, the State Police spokesman said.

The search turned up 20 grams of methamphetamine, an unspecified amount of heroin and drug paraphernalia, Walker said.

“To find that much meth in one vehicle with four people inside is highly unusual,” Walker said.

As of late Wednesday morning, all four people were being held at the Bartholomew County Jail.

The office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash will determine what, if any, charges are filed.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.