Investigation leads to pair of arrests on drug charges

A Jennings County woman linked to an investigation into the sale of methamphetamine in Jackson County was arrested Wednesday night in Seymour along with a man who was helping her, police report.

Jennifer Michelle Romero-Wells, 31, and Jason Selby, 35, both of Commiskey, each face Level 5 felony charges of dealing in methamphetamine along with Level 6 felony charges of maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.

Seymour Detective Brian Moore said the two were arrested after a traffic stop at 6:28 p.m. on Tipton Street on the city’s east side.

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Police towed the vehicle to the police department and obtained a warrant to search it, Moore said.

The search of that vehicle led to the discovery of about a quarter of an ounce of methamphetamine, valued at $600 to $700, along with about $200 in cash, scales and other paraphernalia related to the sale of methamphetamine, he said.

The arrests are the result of a nearly yearlong investigation that began when police received a tip about Romero-Wells’ activities, Moore said.

He said information developed during that investigation led police to believe Romero-Wells was traveling to Louisville about once a week to purchase methamphetamine.

“It’s much cheaper there,” he said.

She would then bring it back to Jackson and Jennings counties and sell it for much more, Moore said.

He said she could purchase an ounce of meth for about $800 to $900 in Louisville and sell it for somewhere between $1,200 to $1,700.

An ounce contains 28 grams. Each gram could sell for $100 to $120, Moore said.

An average user might go through half a gram a day, he said.

During the past six to 12 months, police have made numerous controlled buys from Romero-Wells, Moore said.

He said police also have three more cases against Romero-Wells that will be sent to the prosecutor’s office.

Selby was her driver, Moore said.

Both Selby and Romero-Wells were being held at the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown without bond pending their initial hearings.

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