Early Morning Traffic Stop Leads to Dealing in Meth Charges

(HARRISON CO.) – Today, at approximately 1:50 a.m., Trooper Nathan Newton was patrolling in the area of State Road 64 and Spring Meadows Road in New Salisbury, when he observed a red 2006 Nissan Sentra disregard a stop sign and drive left of center.


Trooper Newton stopped the vehicle for the violations and soon determined that further investigation would be needed, requesting the assistance of Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputies O’Sullivan, Banet and Minton as well as Georgetown Officer, Sgt. Charlie Morgan and his assigned K9 Partner, “Felony”.
K9 Felony alerted on the vehicle and a subsequent search uncovered just under a quarter pound of suspected methamphetamine. Officers also found heroin, pills, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
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The driver and passenger were both arrested on the following charges, and remanded into the custody of the Harrison County Jail.
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Christopher P. Welch
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Jessica M. Staser
Police arrested 40-year-old Christopher P. Welch, of Clarksville, and 39-year-old Jessica M. Staser, of New Albany, on felony charges of dealing meth, possession of meth, possession of a narcotic drug, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Staser is also facing a felony charge of possession of a legend drug.

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