Search warrant results in 4 arrests on drug charges

NORTH VERNON

North Vernon police arrested four people after serving a search warrant in the 1100 block of West County Road 115S.

The arrests were made early Monday morning after investigating officers Wes Thayer and Kyle Hall gathered information over several weeks, starting with a complaint that was made about possible drug activity at the residence, said Sgt. Andrew Richmond, North Vernon Police Department spokesman.

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Arrested were:

Jeremey M. Jones, 40, North Vernon, on charges of felony maintaining a common nuisance, felony possession of a narcotic drug, misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Kevin V. Swindall, 27, North Vernon, felony possession of a narcotic drug, misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia and misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance.

Christopher L. Branum, 23, North Vernon, felony possession of a narcotic drug, misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia and misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance.

Amanda J. Grajales, 27, North Vernon, felony possession of a narcotic drug, misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia and misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance.

Officers seized a half gram of heroin, about 5 grams of marijuana and several items of drug paraphernalia, along with a 9 mm handgun, Richmond said. The drug paraphernalia included a spoon and drug packaging materials, he said.

Officers were assisted by detectives Nick Megel and Ivory Sandefur and Lt. Randall Marshall.

Each of the four North Vernon residents is being held in the Jennings County Jail in lieu of $1,055 bond, jail officials said.

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