Around 5:30 p.m., members of the Clay County Sheriff Department were assisted by the Brazil City and the Carbon Police Departments while serving a search warrant at 401 E. Jackson St., leading to the arrest of three individuals for various drug related charges.
When officers arrived at the residence, Deana Irene Powell, 35, her brother Philip Charles Powell, 32, and Kathy Neese, 30, of 1927 E. Knight St. were taken into custody without incident while a search was conducted of the home.
Officers found individual ly wrapped packages of suspected methamphetamine, perscription drugs and marijuana; numerous hypodermic needles and glass tubing used as smoking devices; a sawed off shotgun and 14 other firearms and scales.
Deana Irene Powell was arrested on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Dealing in a scheduled III controlled substance, Dealing marijuana, Possession of a sawed off shotgun, Dealing in a scheduled IV controlled substance, Dealing in a scheduled II controlled substance, Possession of a controlled substance and Reckless possession of paraphernalia, with bail set at $50,000.
Philip Charles Powell, 32, was arrested on charges of Reckless possession of paraphernalia and Common nuisance, with bail set at $7,000 with 10 percent.
Kathy Neese, 30, of 1927 E. Knight St., was arrested for Possession of paraphernalia, with bail set at $7,000 with 10 percent.
All three were in the Clay County Jail awaiting arraignment at press time.
The five-month investigation by CCSD Det. Seargent Robert Gambil and Special Deputy Larry Richmond, along with members of the Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section, was intensified after recent citizen complaints of the high traffic volume at the residence.
Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times that these investigations are possible because of joint cooperation of all local law enforcement agencies.
"It takes a lot of work to put all the information from an investigation together in a working form that allows the courts to put drug offenders away," he said. "This is a never ending battle." The investigation is ongoing.