Police: 17 grams of meth found

Tribune staff reports

The discovery of more than 17 grams of crystal methamphetamine and $3,000 in cash during a traffic stop early Sunday morning in Seymour led to the arrest of two women.

Michelle Root, 39, of Seymour and Charlotte Moore, 49, of Medora face charges of dealing in methamphetamine more than 10 grams and possession of methamphetamine. Moore also faces a reckless possession of paraphernalia charge.

The arrests were made by Seymour Officer Jim Handley, who reported stopping a pickup for multiple traffic violations in the area of East Harrison Drive.

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Handley said during that stop, he believed the two women were involved in drug activity.

His subsequent search of the truck led to the discovery of the crystal methamphetamine, paraphernalia, drug packaging material and cash.

The dealing in methamphetamine more than 10 grams charge is a Level 2 felony, punishable by 10 to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Root was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 2:34 a.m. Sunday and was being held without bond pending her initial hearing.

Moore was booked into the jail at 2:24 a.m. Sunday and also was being held without bond pending her initial hearing.

Cpl. Devin Cornwell assisted with the investigation and arrests.

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