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Drug sting delivers family arrests


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A grandmother and her adult grandson were among three people arrested during a drug-related sting operation south of Taylorsville, police said.

Diana L. Satterfield, 61, and Joshua Dale Fox, 24, both of

2330 W. Farmstead Drive, are charged with dealing in marijuana as a Class D felony.

Fox also is charged with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a syringe, also classified as Class D felonies.

During the operation, officers also apprehended Phillip Lee Thompson, 20, of 2247 McKinley Ave., Columbus.

He was arrested on an outstanding warrant charging him with failure to appear in court for probation violations.

Narcotics officers began preparing for the sting after receiving a tip that a package containing 2 pounds of marijuana was being sent to a Colony Park subdivision home through a commercial delivery service, said Chief Deputy Major Todd Noblitt of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

Late Friday afternoon, an undercover detective posed as a delivery man when the package was dropped off at Satterfield’s home, Noblitt said. Satterfield and Fox were unaware hidden video cameras were capturing images of them as they accepted the shipment, he said.

Ten minutes later, deputies with a search warrant, assisted by officers from the Columbus Police Department, raided the home on West Farmstead Drive and apprehended the occupants as they were preparing the marijuana for distribution, Noblitt said.

Officers also found illegally obtained prescription pills, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash in the home, Noblitt said.

After being booked into the Bartholomew County Jail at 6:30 p.m. Friday, both Satterfield and Fox were released an hour later on bond, which had been set at $10,000 surety or $1,000 cash.

As of Sunday afternoon, Thompson was still being held in jail without bond.

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