Two arrested on drug charges after police respond to domestic dispute

BEDFORD – A man and woman were arrested Tuesday when Bedford Police officers were called to 1402 Hillcrest Road after a report of a domestic fight.

Jordan Bell

When officers arrived they spoke to 29-year-old Jordan Bell and 21-year-old Shanda Tipton. Police knew both from previous encounters.

Shanda Tipton

The homeowner reported that Bell was at the home to pick up his mail because he was homeless. The homeowner told police Tipton and Bell had argued. He also reported that Tipton was in possession of a syringe and it was in Tipton’s backpack.

While speaking to both Bell and Tipton police say both were “impaired”.

 Police say both were “unable to control their movement, were sweating profusely, and were rambling incoherently”.

Both admitted to being in an argument while walking down the street to the home on Hillcrest Road. 

Both were then detained.

In Bell’s backpack officers found syringes with a baggy containing meth residue and used cotton swabs.

Bell told officers he had more contraband inside his waistband. Officers removed a metal cylinder that contained cotton and a bindle of meth and heroin.

In Tipton’s backpack, an officer found a syringe that tested positive for fentanyl.

While at the jail, officers discovered Tipton also had a plastic vial containing liquid fentanyl. 

Tipton and Bell were arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of a narcotic drug, and public intoxication. Bell will also face a charge of possession of meth.

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