Drug charges leveled at 26



Nine south-central Indiana residents, including a North Vernon man already charged with killing his wife, are among 26 people indicted Monday in a drug trafficking investigation.

As a result of the indictments, Jeremy Ray Jackson, 33, North Vernon, could face a longer prison sentence and heftier fines if convicted of crimes leading up to the April 6 death of his wife, Jessie Jo Louden-Jackson, Jennings County Prosecutor Alan Marshall said.

“The unfortunate death of a 23-year-old woman who consumed some of this (drug) underscores the human cost of methamphetamine trafficking,” U.S. Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett said.

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