2 women jailed on drug charges after traffic stop

Police pull vehicle over outside Elizabethtown after complaints

A traffic stop outside of Elizabethtown has resulted in two arrests.

Deputy Andrew Densford was patrolling in that area of southeastern Bartholomew County at 7 p.m. Monday after the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department received complaints about suspicious activity.

Densford saw a Chevrolet van go left of the center line near East Legal Tender Road and South County Road 600E, and stopped the vehicle driven by Clarissa Powers, 38, of Grammer, deputies said.

The deputy recognized a passenger in the van as Lovely Brown, 29, of North Vernon, who had an active Jennings County warrant seeking her arrest, deputies said.

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After arresting Brown, a Columbus Police Department canine was requested and alerted to narcotics inside the van, deputies said. When Densford asked Powers to get out of the van, he smelled marijuana, deputies said.

Powers had a plastic baggie on the inside of her coat which contained marijuana and a marijuana cigarette, deputies said. A controlled substance was then located in a purse belonging to Brown, deputies said.

Powers was arrested on a preliminary charge of possession of marijuana and has been released from the Bartholomew County Jail, jail officials said.

Brown was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of a controlled substance and an out-of-county warrant and was transported to Jennings County, deputies said.

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