Two arrested on drug charges when police serve arrest warrants

BEDFORD – A Bedford man and woman were arrested Tuesday night after Bedford Police officers went to a home in the 400 block of Forestview Drive to arrest a man wanted on outstanding warrants.

Shanda Tipton

Police arrested 21-year-old Shanda Tipton and 27-year-old Kevan Bugh on charges of possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of marijuana with a prior conviction, and possession of a controlled substance.

Kevan Bugh

Officers knocked on a back bedroom door in the residence where Bugh was known to be located. Bugh responded to their knock with “in a minute”. Officers then opened the door and Bugh exited, but not before police saw multiple syringes in a coffee cup and throughout the room. 

Also in the room was Shanda Tipton. Next to Shanda on the night stand were multiple used syringes, a metal grinder containing marijuana, and a digital scale with meth residue on it.

Both Bugh and Tipton were arrested.

Bugh will also face additional charges of neglect of a dependent.

Kevan Bugh was wanted on a warrant  for child neglect after an incident on May 22. According to a probable cause affidavit, Bedford Police were called at 10:54 a.m to the 400 block of Forestview Drive after a report of a small child was found in the middle of the road. Officers responded to the scene. A bystander stated the found child lived in a home in the 400 block of Forestview Road. The woman took the child home and gave the child to the  great-grandmother who arrived on the scene.

When police arrived they spoke with the great-grandmother.

She told police she found the child’s father, Kevan Bugh, slumped over the hood of a van in the garage passed out with the garage door open. Bugh told police he took the baby out into the garage and was tired so he laid his head down on the hood and fell asleep.

Police say Bugh appeared to be intoxicated on drugs.

The mother of the child Shanda Tipton was asleep in the house.  She told police she didn’t realize that Bugh had come inside  to get the child. 

The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Bugh was also wanted on a warrant on charges of possession of meth, possession of a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. After officers were called to the Super 8 Motel on March 18th after a request for a welfare check.

When police arrived they went to the room Bugh and Tipton were staying in and could smell the burnt odor of marijuana. 

Bugh admitted he had smoked marijuana. He gave officers his marijuana pipe.

In the room, officers located a digital scale with meth residue on it, a marijuana cigarette, syringes, two baggies one containing 2.56 grams of heroin and fentanyl and the other containing .81 grams of meth and a metal spoon.

The information was sent to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

If you know something, say something. Send an email to drugactivity@lawrencecounty.in.gov or call Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office tip line at 812-545-4700. All calls are confidential.

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