2017-01-17 / Front Page

OCSD investigation nets multiple narcotic arrests in Cataract area

by Michael Stanley

A four-month undercover investigation by the Owen County Sheriff’s Department resulted in the arrest of seven individuals in northern Owen County Thursday afternoon.

Officers with the OCSD and Cloverdale Police Department executed search warrants at the 5761 State Highway 42 residence of Jeffrey Hendricks, 34, Poland, and the 9711 Hi Ridge Trail home of Allen Buis, 39, Spencer.

According to OCSD Detective Captain Erich Teuton, numerous drug buys had been made at both locations during the ongoing narcotics investigation.

The first search was conducted at the State Highway 42 home of Hendricks, where three children were present, adding three counts to his charges for neglect of a dependent.

Within 20 minutes, a second search was executed on Hi Ridge Trail, where a total of five individuals were arrested at the Buis residence.

Among those arrested and charged are:

Jeffrey Hendricks, 34, Poland, charged with wanted on a warrant, three counts of neglect of a dependent, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of methamphetamine, dealing in methamphetamine and obstruction of justice.

Allen Buis, 39, Spencer, charged with possession of paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a syringe, maintaining a common nuisance and three counts of dealing in methamphetamine.

Gary Jones, 65, Poland, charged with possession of methamphetamine and visiting a common nuisance.

Joseph Dulworth, 19, Poland, charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance.

Jessica Pennington, 22, Indianapolis, charged with possession of paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a syringe, false informing, dealing in a schedule IV controlled substance and dealing in methamphetamine.

Jason Snider, 42, Greencastle, charged with identity deception, visiting a common nuisance and dealing in methamphetamine.

Daniel Ashby, 21, Cloverdale, was also charged with visiting a common nuisance.

Captain Teuton said the investigation remains ongoing and anticipates additional arrests in the near future.

“Officers believe the work will have a significant impact on the sale and distribution of methamphetamine in the northern part of Owen County,” he noted. “We truly appreciate the public’s assistance and tips related to the sale of narcotics, and thank you to everyone involved in our efforts of executing the search warrants.”

Anyone with information related to suspected criminal activity is urged to contact the OCSD by phone at 812-829-4875, extension one. Callers may also remain anonymous by calling the tip line at 812-829-4875, extension 6050.

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