Man arrested on drug, theft charges south of Seymour

Police investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle showing up at several locations in Washington Township on Friday evening arrested a Kentucky man on six charges.

James G. Parks Jr., 44, of Salt Lick, Kentucky, faces Level 6 felony charges of trafficking in jail and violation of the Legend Drug Act along with misdemeanor charges of theft, possession of a Schedule 4 drug, driving while suspended with a prior conviction and sale of liquor without a permit.

According to a news report from Reserve Officer Scott Davis with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Parks was found in a white Ford Taurus parked behind a building at a lumber company on County Road 600E, south of Seymour.

Davis said police initially found a pair of blue jean pants with a security tag still attached in the back seat of the car. An additional search led to the discovery of three more pairs of blue jeans, a pullover jacket, four wallets and seven bottles of liquor, Davis said.

He said police believe the clothing may have been stolen earlier in the day from the J.C. Penney & Co. Store in Madison.

Davis said Parks told officers that he had transported the liquor to Jackson County hoping to sell it because he was short of cash, but it is against the law to sell alcohol without a permit.

While being booked into the Jackson County Jail, police found Parks was in possession of Xanax pills, and he did not have a prescription for those pills, Davis said.

He was booked into the jail at Brownstown at 6:40 p.m. Friday and was being held without bond pending his initial hearing.

County Officer Jesse Hutchinson and Seymour Detective Greg O’Brien assisted with the investigation and Parks’ arrest.

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