Three arrested on drug charges in Seymour

Tribune staff reports

Police responding to a report of a female overdosing on heroin late Sunday night wound up arresting two Seymour residents and a South Dakota man.

Emergency responders had to use three doses of naloxone before the woman responded and could be taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for treatment, Seymour Detective Crystal Schapson said.

The woman was not arrested, but the incident led police to a residence on the city’s northeast side, where three people were arrested on various drug-related charges, she said.

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They include, Cory M. Cox, 26, of Seymour, who faces a Level 5 felony charge of dealing in cocaine or narcotic and a Level 6 felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance along with misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

The others arrested were Alice Marie Sterling, 47, of Seymour, who faces Level 6 felony charges of possession of methamphetamine or narcotic and maintaining a common nuisance and a misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia; and Clay Ewin Easley, 50, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, who faces misdemeanor charges of possession of paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance.

The incident that led to their arrest began at 11:54 p.m., when Seymour officers Devlin McMindes, Ben Miller and Devin Cornwell along with Sgt. Michael Cooper responded to a report of a woman overdosing in a yard in the 800 block of North Ewing Street.

During that incident, a man told police the woman had overdosed at a residence on Hustedt Street, and he had tried to bring her back to their home, Schapson said. That man was not arrested.

Officers then went to the house on Hustedt Street and while there, they reported seeing a white powder, she said. At that point, they secured the people at the home and obtained a search warrant signed by Jackson Superior II Judge Bruce MacTavish, Schapson said.

During a search of the residence, officers reported finding heroin and paraphernalia, she said.

That led to the arrest of Cox, Sterling and Easley, who all remained in the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown on Monday afternoon pending initial hearings in Jackson Circuit Court.