Police arrest pair on meth charges

Two people were arrested this week after police say they discovered crystal methamphetamine worth $5,000 at a Jennings County residence.

Larry Covington, 62, of Nabb, and Heather Lamaster, 40, of North Vernon, each face a Level 2 felony charge of dealing in methamphetamine and a Level 3 felony charge of possession of methamphetamine after a search of Lamaster’s residence at Country Squire Lakes.

The incident that led to their arrests began about 7:20 p.m. Monday when officers with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department investigated a report of drug activity from a resident along Shakertown Way in Country Squire Lakes.

During a search of the residence, police said they found 50 grams of methamphetamine, two firearms, $2,000 in cash and drug paraphernalia, according to a sheriff’s department news release. Lamaster and Covington then were arrested.

Lamaster, who lives at the residence, also faces a charge of maintaining a common nuisance, a Level 6 felony. Covington, who said he was visiting her, faces a charge of visiting a common nuisance, a Class B misdemeanor.

Both were booked into the Jennings County Jail and were being held Wednesday on $100,000 bond.

At the time of her arrest, Lamaster was out on bond after her arrest Jan. 17, 2014, on drug charges in Jackson County. She has a jury trial set for June 23 in Jackson Circuit Court for charges of dealing methamphetamine/possession with intent, a Class B felony; possession of marijuana, hash oil or hashish; and possession of paraphernalia, according to court documents.

The lead investigators for the arrests were county Officer Cody Low and detective sergeants Jeff Jones and Jim Blevins.

Assisting with the investigation were deputies Aaron Green, Anthony Maberry and Allen Ritchie, Sheriff Gary Driver, Col. Jeff Day, Lt. Mike Mowery, North Vernon Sgt. Andy Richmond and his police dog Heros, and Indiana State Police Trooper Rick Hewitt.