2 Jackson County men arrested on methamphetamine charges

A man returning home from a meeting with his probation officer Thursday was arrested during a traffic stop on Seymour’s east side.

Daniel D. Lacey, 30, of Seymour, faces new charges of visiting a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia and dealing in methamphetamine following the traffic stop at about 7 p.m. Thursday at Tipton and East streets.

Police said Lacey was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Kurt T. Lovins, 31, of Columbus, and Lovins also was arrested and faces charges of maintaining a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine.

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Seymour Detective Brian Moore said the two men were traveling to Seymour from Bartholomew County when Seymour Cpl. Adam Surface pulled their vehicle over at Tipton and East streets.

Police said Lacey was arrested during the stop as part of an investigation involving the sale of methamphetamine to undercover buyers during a period of five months.

At the time of his arrest, Lacey was already serving home detention with Jackson-Jennings Community Corrections and was wearing a GPS ankle monitor so law enforcement could track his whereabouts.

Lacey is on parole after his release from the Indiana Department of Corrections in late 2014 after he served 20 months of a three-year sentence for fraud he received on April 4, 2013, in Bartholomew County. He had been returning from a meeting with his probation officer when Surface stopped the vehicle.

During the stop, police said Surface walked his K-9 around the vehicle and the dog alerted to drugs. Police reported they found a little more than a gram of methamphetamine on Lovins and a drug pipe on Lacey.

Moore said it’s likely Lacey will be returned to jail to serve the time remaining on his sentence from the fraud conviction if a judge approves a request to revoke his parole.

Both men were booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown and were being held without bond Friday.

Jackson Jennings County Community Corrections Department assisted with the investigation.