Trio allegedly involved in drugs detained at country home, five at meth lab PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 08:36

In just two days, the Sheriff’s Department detained a total of eight people in connection with alleged drug activities, including a lab that reportedly manufactured the illegal substance methamphetamine.

Officers with the department were accompanied by Madison Police Department personnel when a warrant was served at a residence at 5004 Hardy Mill Road in Lexington Township on Monday, January 5.

An on-going investigation by law enforcement agencies had indicated that illegal drug activity was occurring at the home owned by Garry E. Lowery, 61.

Accompanied by the Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 drug-detection dog Arina, officers said they located a quantity of Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen, which is a Scheduled 2 controlled substance in Indiana. They also found methamphetamine and several pieces of drug paraphernalia, it was reported.

Taken into custody were Lowery and two women, Dorothy Richie, 52, Charlestown, and Jessica J. Wilson, 33, of the Hardy Mill Rd. address. Wilson was inside the residence with two juvenile girls. Richie pulled into the driveway. She purportedly gave one officer a baggie with 36 pills, explaining that she had a valid prescription for them but that her container broke. Two baggies containing methamphetamine and some drug paraphernalia were found in the pickup truck Richie had been driving, the probable cause affidavit stated.

In a search of the residence, officers reported finding a variety of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine, a cell phone owned by Lowery and $80 in cash.

Lowery was charged with one count each of Level 4 felony dealing in methamphetamine, Level 6 felony possession of methamphetamine, Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance and Class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Richie, who apparently fibbed about the pills in the baggie, faces charges of Level 4 felony possession of a narcotic drug, Level 6 possession of methamphetamine, Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance, and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Both appeared in Scott Circuit Court on January 8 and both entered preliminary pleas of not guilty. An initial trial date of May 19 was assigned to each.

Lowery’s bond is $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $10,000 cash. Richie’s bond started at $25,000 by corporate surety bond or $5,000 cash, but Prosecutor Jason Mount’s office filed a petition for detainer and/or greater-than-standard bond against Richie. She was ordered held without bond for 15 days, and her bond was increased to $50,000/$10,000.

Wilson is charged in Scott Superior Court with Level 6 felony possession of methamphetamine, Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance, and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia. In her initial hearing on January 8, a preliminary plea of not guilty was filed, and an initial jury trial date of April 6 was scheduled. A public defender has been assigned to her case. Bond is $15,000 by corporate surety bond or 10% cash.

In the Sheriff’s Department’s other case, deputies had learned via a tip that a wanted person may be in the vicinity of a residence on Harrod Road in Jennings Township. They were also told that an illegal methamphetamine lab may be operating there.

On Tuesday, January 6, surveillance began with deputies noticing behavior “...not consistent with the typical homeowner...” The decision was made to make contact.

As officers entered the driveway of the residence at 33 Harrod Drive, they reported they smelled a strong chemical odor which is commonly associated with the manufacture of meth. They found Frank Driggers and Cody Williams at a side door. Both were taken into custody and the premises was secured. Three more men, identified as Clarence Spicer, Jerry Anthony “Tony” Newton and Johnny Williams, were also discovered and taken into custody.

The person being sought on warrant at the house was not located.

Officers waited while a search warrant for the house and property was obtained. With the document served, members of the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team entered to collect any toxic substances and process evidence of the crime. Found behind the residence was a plastic bottle containing methamphetamine being made by the “one pot” method, the probable cause affidavit related. Two baggies of meth were located in the living room as well as drug paraphernalia, including an electronic tool with Driggers’ name written on it.

Of the five, Driggers was charged in Circuit Court with the remaining defendants facing charges in Superior Court.

Driggers, 47, of Jackson County, is charged with Level 5 dealing in methamphetamine, Level 6 felony possession of an illegal drug lab, Level 6 felony possession of a hypodermic syringe and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Newton, 38, of the residence, was charged with Level 6 felony possession of a hypodermic syringe and Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance. Spicer, 65, also of the address, was charged with those crimes as well as misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia. Another man who gave the Harrod Rd. address was Johnny Williams, 37. He was charged with the same three offenses as Spicer. Cody Lee Williams, 22, Scottsburg, was charged with Class B misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance.

All of the men were in court on January 8 for initial hearings. For each, a preliminary plea of not guilty was entered. Driggers’ initial jury trial date in Circuit Court is June 2, and his bond is $50,000 by corporate surety bond/$10,000 cash.

Cody Williams’ jury trial date is March 2. He is being held for 15 days without bond on the State’s petition for detainer. His bond is $5,000 by corporate surety bond or 10% cash.

Johnny Williams and Newton are also being held for 15 days on detainers. Their bonds were not increased and remain the same as Spicer’s, $15,000 by corporate surety bond/10% cash. Spicer, Newton and Johnny Williams have an initial jury trial date of April 6.

All five men are being represented by public defenders.