Resident arrested on drug charges

A suspected drug dealer is off the streets after the arrest of a Seymour man near a local motel Saturday, police reported.

Benjamin Bracewell, 39, of Seymour faces preliminary charges of dealing in methamphetamine, possession of a handgun without a permit, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of marijuana.

While on patrol around 12:35 a.m. on the city’s far east side, Seymour Officer Jim Handley noticed a man in the area of Travelodge in the 300 block of South Commerce Drive acting suspicious, according to a news release from the Seymour Police Department.

During his investigation, Handley suspected the man, identified as Bracewell, to be actively involved in drug activity, the report stated.

Those suspicions were confirmed after it was discovered Bracewell to be in possession of more than 40 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a .45 caliber handgun and more than $4,000 in cash, police said.

Bracewell was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 1:28 a.m. Saturday.

Assisting Handley in the investigation were Sgt. Mike Cooper and officers Devlin McMindes, Ben Miller and Mike Payne, all with Seymour Police Department.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at or 812-523-7069.