Drug bust nets 20

A Jackson County man along with 19 other southern Indiana residents were arrested Thursday morning as the result of drug investigations by state, federal and area law enforcement agencies.

Jonathan Chilton, 32, of Crothersville, faces two counts of dealing in methamphetamine, two counts of possession of methamphetamine and one count each of dealing in heroin and possession of heroin, according to a news release from Sgt. Jerry Goodin.

Goodin, public information officer for the Indiana State Police Sellersburg Post, said the arrest of Chilton and 19 others from Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Jennings, Scott and Washington counties were part of an investigation dubbed “Operation Total Eclipse.”

Early Thursday morning, troopers, agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and officers with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and Salem Police Department met at the Sellersburg Post before going out to make the arrests.

During one of the arrests in Lexington in Scott County, troopers seized more than 100 grams of crystal methamphetamine with a street value of more than $10,000, Goodin said.

Chilton was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 10:06 a.m. Thursday and was being held Friday without bond, pending his initial court hearing.

Those arrested, their charges and the jail they were incarcerated in are:

Chad Anderson, 39, Pekin, dealing in methamphetamine (two counts), possession of methamphetamine (two counts), Washington County Jail.

Corey Bohannon, 30, Borden, dealing in methamphetamine (two counts), possession of methamphetamine (two counts), Clark County Jail.

Zane Bowman, 45, Salem, dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, Washington County Jail.

Jonathan Chilton, 32, Seymour, dealing in methamphetamine (two counts), possession of methamphetamine (two counts), dealing in heroin, possession of heroin, Jackson County Jail.

Gary W. Dent, 30, Pekin, dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, Washington County Jail.

Christopher M. Hammill, 37, Lexington, dealing in methamphetamine (two counts), possession of methamphetamine (two counts), Clark County Jail.

Lucas Hatcher, 21, Salem, dealing in methamphetamine (two counts), possession of methamphetamine (two counts), habitual felony offender, Washington County Jail.

Robin R. Hodson, 46, Salem, dealing in methamphetamine (two counts), possession of methamphetamine (two counts), Scott County Jail.

Jessica M. Lopez, 27, Pekin, dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, Washington County Jail.

Timothy Mitchell Jr., 33, Clarksville, dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, Clark County Jail.

Garry E. Morrow, 37, Lexington, dealing in methamphetamine (two counts), possession of methamphetamine (two counts), Scott County Jail.

Garry Lowery, 64, Lexington, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance, Scott County Jail.

Suzanne Wiesman, 36, Lexington, dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of stolen property, possession of paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance, Scott County Jail.

Mary Ruth Pierce, 38, Salem, dealing in methamphetamine (two counts), possession of methamphetamine (two counts) Washington County Jail.

Clarissa L. Roach, 33, Hardinsburg, dealing in methamphetamine (five counts), possession of methamphetamine (two counts), Washington County Jail.

Kenneth R. Saylor, 58, Pekin, dealing in methamphetamine, Harrison County Jail.

Constance M. Scanlon, 42, Salem, dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, aiding, inducing or causing an offense, dealing in methamphetamine, Washington County Jail.

Jamie R. Sheckles, 33, New Albany, dealing in methamphetamine (four counts), possession of methamphetamine, dealing in a narcotic drug (two counts), possession of a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, possession of a controlled substance, dealing in marijuana, possession of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia, Floyd County Jail.

Leslie E. Spaulding, 37, Salem, dealing in methamphetamine (two counts), possession of methamphetamine (two counts), Washington County Jail.

Anthony Spencer, 35, North Vernon, dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, habitual felony offender, Clark County Jail.

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