County, town police make drug, burglary arrests here

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The Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department, the Vevay Police Department, and the Indiana State Police are continuing to make progress on the investigations into recent break ins around the county; and also have made a major drug arrest.

Vevay Police Chief James Richards said that his department, assisted by the Indiana State Police, arrested Gregory A. Brewer, 35, of Vevay on Saturday, September 18th.

Acting on an anonymous tip, Chief Richards and his officers used an informant to purchase prescription narcotics from Gregory Brewer.

He was charged with Dealing in a Schedule IV Controlled Substance within 1,000-feet of a school, which is a Class B felony.

“The sale and abuse of prescription drugs is becoming an increasing problem in our community,” Chief Richards said. “The fact that these pills were allegedly being sold just across the street from our schools should be a wake up call to everyone. Our department will not tolerate this and we will work hard to stop it.”

Switzerland County Sheriff Nathan Hughes said that three arrests involving two individuals have been made this week with regard to recent break-ins around the county.

Cody Allen Hoffman of Florence was arrested on charges of burglary and theft by the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department, and also by the Indiana State Police. Also arrested by the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department on charges of burglary and theft was Jace R. Lieland of Rising Sun.

“We continue to make progress on solving this rash of break-ins in our community,” the sheriff said. “We now have a tip line that residents can use when they see suspicious activity; and we continue to investigate other leads involving other burglaries in the county.”

Sheriff Hughes said that burglary investigations by the county have resulted in the confiscation of stolen property, including some four-wheelers and other items.

The sheriff said that the biggest weapon that law enforcement has in the investigation and solving of crimes here in the county is the alert work of neighbors when they see something suspicious going on.

He said that county law enforcement has a tip line – 427-4427 – and that residents are also welcome to call the Sheriff’s office at 427-3636; or the Vevay Police Department at 427-3737.

If the incident is ongoing and an emergency situation, residents should call 911.