2 inmates charged with trafficking drugs at jail


JASPER — Two inmates at the Dubois County Security Center are each facing a new felony charge after allegedly being caught with methamphetamine at the jail.


Court documents indicate Dubois County Sheriff’s Department jail staff are accusing Johnathon B. Franzell, 41, 616 Schuler Ave., Huntingburg, and Damion A. Pryor, 31, 1043 Edward St., Jasper, of having methamphetamine that was discovered at the jail. Authorities said the drug was in liquid form in a contact solution bottle.

Warrants were issued Thursday in Dubois Superior Court charging each man with a Level 5 felony count of trafficking with an inmate. Those warrants were served this morning.

Pryor, who had been on pre-trial work release, found himself jailed in August on a Level 5 felony count of methamphetamine possession. Court documents allege that, on July 29, he dropped a plastic bag containing methamphetamine in the grass at the community corrections center.

He is awaiting a Nov. 9 trial on that charge.

Franzell has been jailed on multiple felonies since January after allegedly punching officers at the south-side McDonald’s restaurant.

The Jasper Police Department was called to the 450 U.S. 231 restaurant at 10:29 p.m. Jan. 28 in response to the report of an intoxicated male.

Police reported that Franzell was continually being confrontational and cursing and yelling at them. While speaking with him, police noted Franzell was lethargic and slurring his speech, appearing to be under the influence of a narcotic.

After being asked numerous times to step outside the restaurant, officers reported, police attempted to assist Franzell, who became combative. He stands accused of punching several officers. One officer used a Taser stun gun to assist in subduing him.

He was allegedly found to be in possession of a hypodermic needle and he allegedly made threatening comments toward at least one officer during the arrest.

In that case he is charged with a Level 5 felony count of battery on a public safety official with injury, Level 6 felony counts of unlawful possession of a hypodermic needle, resisting law enforcement and intimidation, plus misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. He is scheduled for a jury trial in that case on Jan. 9.

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