Two area residents arrested on drug charges in Madison

Police in Madison arrested two area residents over the weekend on drug charges.

Madison Police Chief Dan Thurston says that on Saturday, Madison Police were dispatched to the 700 block of Jefferson Court on a call that people were using drugs in a parking lot. When officers approached the vehicle, 29-year-old Jordan L. Laswell, of North Vernon, and 20-year-old Sheanna R. Bowling, 20, of Seymour, reportedly got out of the vehicle.

Officers reported seeing an orange colored syringe, containing a brown liquid, lying on the ground near the passenger side door. Thurston says that when his officers asked both suspects to empty their pockets, Laswell allegedly produced another, similar, syringe from his pants pocket. Laswell also reportedly had a folded piece of foil that contained a brown, granular substance that field tested positive as heroin.

While officers were talking with the pair, they learned there was an active arrest warrant out of Ripley County for Laswell’s arrest. During an interview, Laswell allegedly told investigators that the syringe that was found lying on the ground was his. He added that it contained heroin that he was about to inject.

Thurston says that K-9 “Eros” conducted an open-air sniff around the vehicle. Eros reportedly alerted officers to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. During the search, officers allegedly found a homemade filtering device and a brown leather belt. Thurston says that Laswell told officers that both items were his and that he used them while ingesting heroin. Police also found allegedly found paraphernalia in Bowling’s possession. Officers reportedly found a bag of marijuana near where Bowling had been standing. After, she allegedly admitted that the marijuana was hers. During the booking process, jail officers also reportedly found additional paraphernalia, as well as heroin on Bowling.

Laswell and Bowling were arrested and booked in the Jefferson County Jail. Laswell is facing preliminary charges of Possession of Narcotic Drug, Possession of Syringe and Possession of Paraphernalia. Bowling is facing preliminary charges of Possession of Narcotic Drug, Possession of Syringe, Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana.