(PAOLI) – On May 11th and 12th, Paoli Police Department Officers conducted two separate operations after
receiving information regarding ongoing drug activity in the Town of Paoli.
These operations resulted in the arrest of four individuals, and all booked into the Orange County Jail for drug-related offenses.
The first incident began after Officers learned individuals from Lawrence County were in Paoli attempting to sell methamphetamine. After a brief investigation, Officers located the suspect’s vehicle parked on County Farm Road, not far from State Road 37.
After selling meth to a confidential informant, the suspect vehicle pulled away, traveling east on County Farm Road. A short time later, officers located the suspect vehicle on State Road 337 and were able to initiate a traffic stop. During the stop, Paoli Officers requested the assistance of Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Smith and his partner, K9 Finn. After conducting a free air sniff, K9 Finn positively alerted to the presence of illicit drugs inside the vehicle.
A subsequent search yielded more than 20 grams of meth. This was in addition to the 5.3 grams purchased by the informant and turned over to officers. The male driver 32-year-old Christopher McIntosh, of Mitchell, on charges of dealing and possession of meth and his female passenger 28-year-old Kayla Lane, of Mitchell on a charge of possession of meth. Both were transported to the Orange County Jail.
Later that night, Officers received information regarding another individual in Paoli attempting to sell methamphetamine.
Following up on this information, Officers made contact with the suspect at Huck’s Convenience Store on West Main Street in Paoli. During the encounter, Officers obtained consent to search a residence frequented by the suspect on State Road 37, approximately 1 mile south of Paoli. This search resulted in Officers locating methamphetamine, packaging material, a digital scale, and other items associated with the use and distribution of methamphetamine.
As a result of this investigation, officers arrested 42-year-old Sueann Tucker-Pigg on charges of dealing and possession of meth and 52-year-old old Craig Finisson, of Paoli, on a charge of possession of meth. He was also wanted on a warrant for possession of meth. Both were transported to the Orange County Jail.
The Paoli Police were assisted throughout the night by Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies, Orleans Deputy Town Marshals, Ron’s Auto Barn, and Magner’s Auto.
“The Paoli Police Department would particularly like to recognize the significant role played by K9 Finn,” says Paoli Sgt. Tyler Phillips. “K9 Finn and his handler, Deputy Ryan Smith played a pivotal role in bringing these offenders to justice and will no doubt be a valuable asset to the citizens of Orange County for the foreseeable future. Thank you, Deputy Smith and K9 Finn for a job well done!”
“Once again, these arrests stand to reflect the Paoli Police Department’s strong commitment to bringing to justice those who distribute these dangerous drugs in our town and to our citizens. We are and will remain determined to disrupt the sale of methamphetamine and other dangerous drugs within the Town of Paoli,” Sgt. Phillips added. “We continue to work closely with our local law enforcement partners to investigate, arrest, and criminally charge those responsible for committing illegal drug offenses within Paoli and throughout Orange County.”
Anyone with information or those who witness suspicious activity within the Town of Paoli are
encouraged to report the activity to the Paoli Police Department by calling (812) 723-2836. Calls are
answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If desired, tips can remain anonymous.