A traffic stop in Dearborn County led Switzerland County law enforcement officers to make two drug-related arrests earlier in April.
According to Switzerland County deputy Joe Spilman, who led the investigation here, on Wednesday, April 11th, officers with the Dearborn County Crimes Unit conducted a traffic stop in Dearborn County.
From that traffic stop, officers gained information that led them to be able to obtain a search warrant for a house in Quercus Grove in Switzerland County.
“Once the search warrant was obtained, the matter was transferred to the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department,” Deputy Spilman said. “Our department executed the search warrant, with the cooperation of the Dearborn County Crimes Unit.”
As a result of that search warrant, which was executed on Wednesday, April 11th, Deputy Spilman said that Switzerland County officers made two arrests:
— Robert P. Garrett, Jr., 53, of 15499 State Road 250 near Quercus Grove, was charged with Possession of Cocaine or Narcotic Drug, a Level 4 felony; Maintaining a Common Nuisance, a Level 6 felony; Possession of Paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; Possession of marijuana, hashish oil, hashish under 30 grams, a Class B misdemeanor; and Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 2 felony.
Garrett was arrested by Dearborn County authorites on Wednesday, April 11th, as a result of the traffic stop; on charges of possession of methamphetamine; and when he was released on Sunday, April 15th, he was then arrested on the above charges by Switzerland County officers.
— Krysten Nicole Joudeh, 31, 5570 Brdigetown Road, Cincinnati, Ohio, was arrested on Thursday, April 12th, by Switzerland County officers following the search warrant.
She was arrested on charges of Maintaining a Common Nuisance, a Level 6 felony; Possession of a Syringe, a Level 6 felony; Possession of meth greater than 10 grams but less than 28 grams, a Level 4 felony; and dealing in meth over 10 grams, a Level 2 felony.
During the investigation, Switzerland County officers learned of a van that belonged to Garrett that was parked in North College Hill, Ohio, near Cincinnati.
Deputy Spilman said that officers, having reason to believe that there could be other items related to drug activity in the van; contact the North College Hill Police Department. Officers from that department then located and secured the van. A search warrant for the van was then executed by Switzerland County officers, assisted by officers from the North College Hill department, on Friday, April 13th.
Both Garrett and Joudeh were lodged in the Switzerland County Detention Center, and were being held on a $25,000 cash bond.
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Three arrests made in drug raid
Arrests continue to be made in the battle against illegal drugs in the county.
On Tuesday night, April 24th, the Vevay Police Department executed a narcotics search warrant on an apartment in the 20 block of Swiss Avenue in Vevay. As a result of that search, methamphetamine, syringes, pills, marijuana, and a stolen gun were seized. The recovered firearm was reported stolen from Omaha, Nebraska in 1986.
Three individuals were arrested in connection with the search warrant:
— Bruce Thomas was charged with: dealing in methamphetamine, a Level 4 felony; possession of methamphetamine, a Level 5 felony; possession of a syringe. a Level 6 felony; possession of controlled substance, a Level 6 felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a Level 6 felony; theft, a Class A misdemeanor; possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.
— Nick Smallwood was charged with: possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony; possession of a syringe, a Level 6 felony; and visiting a common nuisance, a Class B misdemeanor.
— Sierra Drews was charged with: visiting a common nuisance, a Class B misdemeanor.
The Indiana State Police assisted in the execution of the search warrant.
All individuals are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
Anyone who has any information on drug activity or other crimes is urged to contact the Vevay Police Department at (812) 427-3737.
Early Sunday call leads to drug arrest
On Sunday, April 22nd, at approximately 6:25 a.m., an officer with the Vevay Police Department was dispatched to 701 East Main Street (Shop Quik/BP Gas Station) in reference to an unresponsive male subject.
The man was sitting in the driver seat of a White Hyundai, which was parked and running in front of station.
The officer found the male subject unresponsive in the driver’s seat and the vehicle running. Believing the male subject was in harm, entry was made into the vehicle. The officer observed that the subject was taking shallow intermediate breaths, was slobbering from the mouth, and was unconscious.
The officer also observed that the male subject had a clear baggy sticking out from his waistband, and the contents of the bag are believed to be methamphetamine.
The bag was sent to the Indiana State Police Laboratory for testing.
The male subject was identified as Gary Carter of Madison, Indiana. Carter was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a legend drug without a prescription, possession of a controlled substance, and operating while intoxicated.
The officer was assisted by the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office and Switzerland County Emergency Response.
“We are asking anyone who has drug information or information on any other crimes to contact the Vevay Police Department at (812) 427-3737,” Vevay Police Chief James Richards III said.
Chief Richards reports that all persons are innocent until proven guilty.
For those who may be looking for help with their drug addiction:
The Choices Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a mobile, community-based team of specialists that provide 24-hour assessment and on-site crisis response to support individuals and their families who are experiencing challenges with opiod overdoses, substance use, and mental health crises.
CERT not only responds during a time of crisis to stabilize the situation, it also ensures individuals are connected with long term recovery services to achieve success.
Anyone can make a referral to the CERT program. The program works with individuals of all ages in Switzerland, Ohio, Ripley, Dearborn, Jefferson, Decatur, and Franklin counties.
To make a referral: call (317) 205-8302 or FAX (866) 514-6489; or email CERT@ChoicesCCS.org.
People in need of help can also contact the Vevay Police Department at (812) 427-3737.
Chief, Vevay Police Department