Woman admits selling drugs


A local woman will be sentenced later this month for selling heroin.

Terry Lynn Jones, 26, pleaded guilty in Bartholomew Superior Court 1 on Monday to two counts of dealing in a narcotic drug, which are Level 5 felonies.

Jones, who resided on 16th Street, was under police surveillance when she sold multiple doses of heroin two different times early last year, according to a probable-cause affidavit filed June 18 of last year.

In January 2015, she sold seven foil packets of heroin for $160 outside a home less than a block west of Lincoln Park — and nine packets for $200 at the same location four days later, the affidavit stated.

Less than two weeks after the second drug deal, Jones was arrested for breaking terms of her probation from an earlier conviction and sent to a women’s penitentiary, according to jail records.

Criminal charges against Jones were filed June 18, 2015, and bond was set at $200,000, according to court documents.

On Nov. 2, Jones was offered a plea bargain where prosecutors agreed to recommend a nine-year sentencing cap. Under Indiana law, she could have received a maximum 12-year sentence, as well as been ordered to pay up to $20,000 in fines.

On Monday, Jones pleaded guilty to both original charges before Judge James Worton, who has scheduled sentencing for 9 a.m. June 22.

Prior to the drug arrest, Jones had been charged in Bartholomew County in connection with three separate cases of conversion.

In both 2009 and 2014, she pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges, while a court found her not guilty in the third case.

But in Seymour, Jones was one of three Bartholomew County residents arrested May 9, 2014, on significant drug-related charges following a traffic stop.

From information developed during the stop, police eventually discovered heroin, about 50 hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia during a search of a motel room on Seymour’s east side, according to news accounts.

While Jones’ two co-defendants — Charles F. Miller and Keith M. Cherry — later received substantial sentences, Jones was the only defendant without a prior drug-related conviction.

The Columbus woman was allowed to plead guilty to one charge — unlawful possession of a syringe — and ordered to serve six months in jail by Jackson Circuit Court Judge Richard Poynter.

That same year, Jones also received a 90-day jail term in Jackson County for conversion in a non-related case.

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