North Vernon woman arrested on drug charges

NORTH VERNON — Indiana State Police arrested a North Vernon woman on multiple drug charges after a state trooper stopped her vehicle on State Road 7 for a traffic infraction.

Kathy Hensley, 57, North Vernon, was arrested on charges of:

  • Felony dealing in methamphetamine
  • Felony possession of methamphetamine
  • Two counts of felony neglect of a dependent
  • Misdemeanor possession of marijuana
  • Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Trooper Randel Miller stopped Hensley’s Ford Ranger shortly after midnight Sunday, said Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, Indiana State Police spokesman.

Miller’s K9 Jinx alerted to the odor of an illegal drug coming from the vehicle, Wheeles said. When the vehicle was searched, police found eight grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, pills and drug paraphernalia, Wheeles said.

Two juvenile females who were in the vehicle were transferred to the custody of their parents, Wheeles said.

Hensley has bonded out of the Jennings County Jail after posting $3,155 bond, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.