PRINCETON — Indiana State Police reported Wednesday that three people were arrested Tuesday night on drug charges after ISP received information on the whereabouts of a man wanted on several drug charges.

A news release from the agency says an arrest warrant had been issued for Jalen Packer, 29, Princeton, and police went to a house in the 300 block of South 4th Street in Princeton to attempt to locate and arrest Packer. After officers arrived at the home, they detected a strong odor of marijuana.

According to the report, officers knocked on the door, but no one inside the home would answer. While officers waited for a search warrant, Dustin Duncan, 28, and Kera Watt, 23, both from Princeton, left the residence and were detained. After officers obtained the search warrant, they entered the residence and found Packer hiding in the bathroom. He was arrested without further incident.

A search of the home recovered several baggies of marijuana, a baggie of meth, several baggies containing various pills, several items of drug paraphernalia, and a digital scale.

After discovering the drug items, officers arrested Watt and Duncan. All three were transported to the Gibson County Jail where they were held on bond.

Packer is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and the warrant charges of meth possession, controlled substance possession and marijuana possession.

Watt is charged with felony possession of meth and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Duncan is charged with felony possession of meth and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Princeton Police and Gibson County Sheriff’s Office assisted the ISP Drug Enforcement Section in the case.

A Monday morning report of shoplifting from the new Family Dollar store in Oakland City led to the arrest of a Kentucky man and Oakland City woman.

Oakland City Police Department reported officer Michael McGregor responded to the the 9 a.m. report of suspected shoplifting, stopping a gold minivan matching the description of the suspects within a minute of the call at Franklin and Morton Streets.

Driver Ruben J. Burchfield of Liberty, Kentucky, and passenger Samantha E. Hudspeth of Oakland city were in the van. While McGregor talked with Burchfield, he smelled burnt marijuana, which led to a search of the vehicle.

During the search police found marijuana, a handgun and the stolen merchandise, a bottle of Vicks nasal spray.

Conservation Officer Duane Englert and Indiana State Police assisted in the arrest.

Burchfield was charged with theft with a prior conviction, possession of marijuana with a prior conviction and carrying a handgun without a license with a prior felony.

Hudspeth was charged with theft, possession of marijuana and carrying a handgun without a license.

 

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