2 Jennings County residents face drug, weapon charges

A tip sparked an investigation that led to the arrest Wednesday morning of two Jennings County men on weapons and drug charges.

Floyd Wayne Johnson III, 26, faces the most serious charge — a Level 3 felony for dealing in heroin — after his arrest during a raid at the residence he shares with 38-year-old James Hatter on Rensleer Place in North Vernon.

Both men also face Level 6 felony charges of possession of heroin, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of a syringe.

The investigation into activity at the residence by Indiana State Police began

after a person “saw something and said something,” Indiana State Police Trooper Randel Miller said.

The investigation led state police to conduct a raid at the residence about 5 a.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from Trooper Tommy Walker. Officers with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department also were involved in the investigation.

During the raid by troopers with the state’s South Emergency Response Team, police reported finding heroin packaged for distribution, handguns, marijuana, scales, controlled substances and drug paraphernalia.

Johnson also faces a Class A misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia. Hatter also faces two additional charges of possession of a controlled substance, a Level 6 felony, and resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor.

Both men were booked into the Jennings County Jail

on Wednesday morning and were being held without bond pending initial hearings.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.