Lawrenceburg Now

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Arrests Made In Illegal Sale Of Prescription Drugs

   Law enforcement officers who were attempting to serve a warrant at a Saint Joseph home last week report they arrived as the suspect was concluding a drug buy.

   According to a press release issued through the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, deputies, along with officers of the Saint Joseph Police Department, made their way to 180 Shelton Drive on January 26 in an effort to serve a felony arrest warrant on Natalie Nicole Johns.

   Deputies found an SUV at the home matching the description of Johns’ vehicle. They report that the occupants appeared to be in the process of purchasing illegal drugs.

The vehicle, occupied by Johns, another female, and a child whom authorities said was not restrained in a child restraint system, backed out and began to leave the area.

   Officers conducted a traffic stop. During a subsequent search, they found a red medication bottle that contained 24 Hydrocodone pills.

   Officials report that when questioned, both Johns and the passenger admitted they had purchased the pills from Clara Bell Wilson at her Shelton Drive home. They told deputies they had paid $180 for the pills.

   Johns was taken into custody on the outstanding warrants. She was booked through the Lawrence County Detention Center on charges of forgery and theft.

   Officials report officers returned to Wilson’s home, where she confessed to selling the pills. They report seizing the $180 along with several prescription bottles and other evidence.

Wilson’s 2000 Lincoln LS was also seized. The evidence will be presented to a Lawrence County Grand Jury as authorities seek charges of sale of a schedule III controlled substance, against Wilson.

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