Jennings County authorities make five drug arrests in two days

The Jennings County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Team continues to take on drug dealers in Jennings County. Officers made five arrests in two days.

On Monday, Dec. 09, Paul Kirk, a 42-year-old inmate at the Jennings County Jail, was arrested for attempting to traffic drugs into the jail. Chief Deputy David Turner says Kirk was recently returning to jail from working on a work crew when the drugs were discovered by jail staff. Kirk was originally being held on a Jennings County Warrant for non-support of a dependent.

Kirk, a Seymour resident, is facing new charges of Trafficking, Dealing and Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Substance. Kirk remains behind bars on a $4,155 bond.

Also on Monday, members of the Jennings County Narcotics Team was conducting surveillance on South State Street when deputies observed a hand-to-hand drug transaction take place in the parking area of a local business. Deputies arrested 31-year-old Josh Phelps and 26-year-old Christina Ross, both of North Vernon, for Dealing a Controlled Substance. Both are being held on $2,605 bond.

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, two other individuals were arrested on drug-related warrants. Both men were in jail on unrelated charges. Turner says the arrest warrants stem from a lengthy investigation where law enforcement oversaw the purchase of illegal drugs from the individuals they later arrested.

Police say that 24-year-old Brayton Eder, of North Vernon was served his arrest warrant for two counts of Dealing Methamphetamine and two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Dealing in Methamphetamine. Eder is being held in the Jennings County Jail without bond.

Another North Vernon resident, 23-year-old Larry R Evans, who was being held in the Bartholomew County Jail, was served his arrest warrant on three counts of Dealing Methamphetamine and three counts of Possession of Methamphetamine. Evans is currently being held in the Bartholomew County Jail and will be transported to the Jennings County Jail upon the completion of his sentence in Bartholomew County. Evans’ bond has been set at $200,000.