Arrests made at a Pierceville residence on Saturday, January 19 saw three men jailed for drugs and other charges. Heroin was seized along with drug paraphernalia.
According to information released from the Ripley County Sheriff's Office, three agencies worked together conducting an extended drug investigation to culminate in search warrant/arrest warrants being issued.
Those arrested include Daniel T. Withered, 24, Pierceville, who was arrested on initial charges of Dealing in a Narcotic Drug and Dealing in a Substance represented to be a Narcotic Drug, both Class B felonies. Additional charges resulting from the search of his residence were: Possession of a Controlled Substance, Class D felony; Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Class D felony and Possession of Marijuana, Class A misdemeanor.
Also arrested were Russell J. Steinhauer, 23, Versailles and Christopher M. Thompson, 23, Milan, both charged with Visiting a Common Nuisance, a Class B misdemeanor.
Withered was taken to the Ripley County Jail where he was incarcerated without bond pending an initial court hearing. Both Steinhauer and Thompson were taken to the jail, and were incarcerated pending bond.
The sheriff's office, along with the Milan Police Department and the Indiana State Excise Police worked together on the investigation.
Sheriff Tom Grills noted, "Drugs have been a problem since I started in law enforcement in 1997 and they were here before then." He said since his election in 2006 he and his staff has been committed to taking drugs off the streets. "We, the sheriff's office, have always been working to combat the problem. My deputies, along with the citizens, should be given credit for our growing success in removing the problem. We, together, are making a difference."
Citizens are always encouraged to report drug activity, or suspicious activity to their local law enforcement.
The sheriff's office can be reached by calling 689-5558, the State Police at 689-5000 or a tip line that will go directly to the prosecutor's office at 1-855-812-DRUG where your calls will be anonymous.