NORTH VERNON — Three North Vernon residents and a juvenile were arrested Friday after North Vernon Police Department canine Heros alerted to the odor of drugs around an SUV.

North Vernon Police Department Sgt. and K9 Officer Andrew Richmond stopped to investigate suspicious activity around a white Chevrolet Blazer parked at the Swifty North Gas Station on State Street at about 2 p.m. Friday, officers said.

After the dog indicated drugs were in the vehicle but before officers could begin searching the Blazer, one of the occupants fled, Richmond said.

Garrett Peck, 20, North Vernon was caught in the area of Franklin Street and Shull Park and arrested on a charge of resisting law enforcement by fleeing, Richmond said.

Officers searched the Blazer and located multiple syringes and other paraphernalia, Richmond said. Officers also recovered a loaded lever action .22-caliber Henry rifle that had been reported stolen from Switzerland County, Richmond said.

Also arrested were:

  • Nathan Beeman, 26, North Vernon, on charges of possession of stolen property and possession of paraphernalia.
  • McKee Young, 28, North Vernon, on charges of possession of stolen property and possession of a syringe.
  • A 16-year-old female on a charge of possession of a syringe and possession of paraphernalia.