Investigations net 3 arrests

Three city residents recently were arrested in connection with separate drug investigations.

The most recent arrests came Friday afternoon when Seymour detectives and officers went to a home on Highlawn Avenue to arrest William Richard McCasland, 37, on five counts of dealing in methamphetamine.

Detective Brian Moore said in the process of arresting McCasland, officers found evidence leading to the decision to obtain a search warrant from Jackson Superior Court II Judge Bruce MacTavish.

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McCasland’s wife, Peggy Ann McCasland, 44, then was arrested after police found about a half-ounce of methamphetamine, numerous types of pills and items related to the use and dealing of methamphetamine and marijuana, Moore said.

She faces charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance after the incident investigated by Moore, Detective Crystal Schapson and officers Jacob Florine and Mathew Carver.

Both McCaslands remained in jail Monday pending their initial hearings in Jackson Circuit Court.

Moore said the investigation that led police to William McCasland stemmed from numerous controlled buys of methamphetamine.

At the time of their arrests, both McCaslands have trials on charges on similar charges pending in Jackson Circuit Court.

Peggy McCasland, then known as Peggy Leturgez, and William McCasland are both scheduled to stand trial on eight charges, including a Level 2 felony charge of dealing in methamphetamine and a Level 3 felony charge of possession of 28 grams or more of methamphetamine, at 8:30 a.m. March 21 in Jackson Circuit Court.

On Thursday, Seymour police arrested Jack B. Hensley, 52, on five counts of dealing in methamphetamine after serving a search warrant at his home on East Laurel Street.

Moore said Hensley was arrested after SWAT teams from the Seymour and Columbus police departments served a search warrant at the home.

“We thought we might run into numerous individuals there because of the type of activity seen around that house,” Moore said.

Police also had information about the possibility of numerous stolen firearms being in the home, he said.

Moore said Hensley was alone at the time, and no weapons were found in the home, although police did find methamphetamine, needles and other items related to drug use and dealing.

Hensley’s arrest stems from four separate controlled buys made over the past year, Moore said.

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