State police arrest nine after serving search warrant in Ripley County

RIPLEY COUNTY — Indiana State Police arrested nine individuals, including several from Bartholomew and Jennings counties, on drug-related charges after an investigation into drug-dealing at a Holton residence.

The arrests happened Thursday just after noon when Indiana State Police troopers went to a residence at 168 S. Marion St., Holton, to conduct a followup investigation, said Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, state police spokesman.

When entering the home and speaking with the homeowners, troopers observed drug use in plain view. Troopers received a search warrant for the property from Ripley Circuit Court and located methamphetamine, suspected marijuana, syringes, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of currency, Wheeles said.

The homeowners, Kathy Hardesty, 52, and Josie Robbins, 27, were arrested on charges of dealing methamphetamine and other drug-related charges.

Seven other individuals, including, Tanner Cornett, 22, Holton, Gregg Gregory, 44, North Vernon, Kyle Ketcham, 21, Columbus, Melissa Popejoy, 26, Holton, Anastasha Robbins, 31, Holton, Ryan Runge, 22, Holton and Sheldon Vanosdol, 27, North Vernon, were arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of syringes and visiting a common nuisance.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Republic.