Two Johnson County residents were arrested on drug charges after a Thursday morning traffic stop in Bartholomew County.
A spokesperson with the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department says that at 4:38 a.m., Sgt. Kris Weisner was traveling south on I-65 when
he saw a vehicle traveling slowly and weaving within its lanes. As he was following the vehicle, the deputy ran the registration tag, which came back as belonging to a different vehicle. The vehicle exited I-65 and continued on US 31 where Weisner made a traffic stop near County Road 650 North.
Sgt. Weisner spoke with the driver, Angie M. Cox, 39, of Bargersville, who was wanted on a warrant out of Johnson County. As authorities were doing an inventory for the vehicle, they allegedly found three handguns, a dismantled shotgun, several syringes filled with what is believed to be heroin, along with what is being called a “substantial amount” of other drug paraphernalia.
Sheriff’s Department officials say this incident is to be expected with the increased presence of meth, heroin and other illicit drugs in the
community. “Deputies are coming in contact with more people possessing illegal drugs and handguns together,” said Sheriff Matt Myers. “Obviously, the two don’t mix and it is a concern to law enforcement,” he added.
Authorities say that, in addition to the Johnson County warrant, Cox faces additional preliminary charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of a Legend Drug Injection Device. They adds that Cox is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail on a 48-hour hold, pending further investigation and transfer to Johnson County authorities.
Deputies say that Cox’s passenger, Jason O. Powell, 37, of Franklin, was also arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Legend drug
injection device and Possession of a Handgun without a license. They add that Powell is also being held on a 48-hour hold, pending further investigation.