Drug investigation accuses couple of meth counts


SHOALS — The Martin County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police teamed together to head up a drug investigation that put two Shoals residents behind bars this week.

Brandon Stone
Stacy Stone

On Monday, Senior Trooper Jarrod Lents and Martin County Sheriff Travis Roush began a drug investigation in which they attempted to catch a Shoals man dealing methamphetamine.  Roush and Lents organized a controlled buy in which they utilized resources to attempt to purchase drugs from 32-year-old Brandon S. Stone of Shoals.

During the attempting drug deal, police said, Stone did not complete the transaction but it was established he would have methamphetamine to finish the deal later in the evening.  With the recorded conversations, preliminary charges were filed against Stone for conspiring to deal methamphetamine.

Since Stone was actively on probation for possessing methamphetamine, a probation search order was issued by the Martin County Circuit Court.  Roush, Lents, and other Martin County deputies arrested Stone and searched his home.

Police allege marijuana, a Schedule IV controlled substance and Stone’s two small children were found in the residence.

Stacy Stone, 41, was additionally placed into custody and charged with multiple preliminary drug charges and for allegedly neglecting the children.  The children were placed into the care of the Department of Child Services.

Both subjects were transported to the Martin County Jail without incident. Each are preliminarily charged with Level 6 felony counts of maintaining a common nuisance, neglect of a dependent (two counts) and preliminary misdemeanor counts of illegal possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance and marijuana possession. In addition, Brandon Stone is preliminarily charged with the Level 5 felony count of conspiracy to deal methamphetamine.

In announcing the arrests, Roush and Lents asked that residents with information about drug or suspicious activity continue to help law enforcement.  Concerned citizens can contact Sheriff Roush by calling the jail at 812-247-3726, or Senior Trooper Lents by calling the State Police Jasper Post at 812-482-1441.



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