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Pair jailed in drug-trafficking probe


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NORTH VERNON — A nearly yearlong investigation involving federal, state and local agencies led to the arrests of a North Vernon man and a Butlerville woman reportedly responsible for bringing illegally obtained prescription drugs into Jennings County on a regular basis.

David E. “Bear” Proffitt, 43, and Brandy L. Caudill, 31, were booked Tuesday into the Jennings County Jail.

Both face charges of dealing in prescription drugs, conspiracy, dealing in cocaine or narcotics and maintaining a common nuisance, according to police reports.

At this time, bond for each has been set at $40,055. However, investigators say more drug-related charges likely will be filed as additional information is gathered.

The ongoing investigation is mostly focused on large amounts of prescription pain medications being delivered and sold in North Vernon and surrounding areas, said. Maj. Jerry Shepherd, spokesman for the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department. He said more arrests are expected.

During two searches Tuesday, the sheriff’s department was accompanied by FBI and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents and personnel from the Indiana Department of Health.

Shepherd said the U.S. attorney’s office in Indianapolis also is involved in the investigation.

The first search was made at a residence in Country Squire Lakes. The second took place at a unit in a storage facility on State Road 7, north of North Vernon.

Shepherd said three handguns and several vehicles were seized during the searches.

Since Proffitt is a convicted felon, he is prohibited from owning firearms and might face additional federal charges for having the weapons.

After Proffitt was taken Tuesday to the North Vernon jail, he reportedly aggressively grabbed a deputy. Officers used a Taser to subdue Proffitt, and no one was injured during the incident, Shepherd said.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to contact Shepherd or Lt. Brian Talkington at 812-346-8642. Anonymous tips can be left by calling 346-0342.

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