Man arrested on drug charges

A report of suspicious activity Sunday evening in the parking lot of a discount store on Seymour’s east side led to the arrest of a man on a felony drug charge, police report.

Dustin Eugene Vires, 26, of Coatesville faces a preliminary Level 3 felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and a Class C misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia, according to a news release from Seymour Police Department.

Vires was arrested by Seymour Officer Jim Handley and Cpl. Devin Cornwell after they were dispatched to the Walmart Supercenter at 1600 E. Tipton St. The two were sent there after dispatchers received a call at 7:10 p.m. from a concerned citizen about possible drug activity in the parking lot, police reported.

Upon arriving in the area, Handley said he conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle for an alleged traffic violation as it attempted to leave the area.

During the course of his investigation into the driver’s activity, Handley reported he discovered crystal methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia.

Vires was arrested and booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown on Sunday evening and was being held without bond pending his initial hearing.

Possession of methamphetamine becomes a Level 3 felony if the amount of drug discovered is at least 28 grams, or between 10 and 28 grams and there are enhancing circumstance. A Level 3 felony is punishable by three to 16 years in prison upon conviction.

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