Salem Man Arrested After Selling Heroin To Man Who Died From Overdose

(SALEM) – A Salem man was arrested after he allegedly sold heroin to Jacob Dodson who died after overdosing on the drug.

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Jacob Ray Dodson
Washington County Sheriff detectives requested the assistance of the Indiana State Police in searching for 22-year-old Jacob Ray Dodson of Campbellsburg after a family member reported him missing. He was last seen on Saturday, October 20, 2018, in Washington County.
While searching the property, officers located Dodson’s body in a duffel style bag stuffed under an abandoned mobile home. His body showed no signs of trauma.
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Jerry Lee Carson Jr.
Officers located and questioned 47-year-old Jerry Lee Carson Jr. of Vallonia, who was a friend of Dobson.
After speaking to Carson, ISP detectives arrested him on charges of obstruction of justice and false informing and failure to report a dead body and being a habitual offender.
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Justin Shelton
Police say he had drove Dodson to the home of 22-year-old Justin Shelton, of Salem, where he allegedly purchased the heroin. The two then left and went to a gas station where Dodson injected the drug. The two then went to a field off Rush Creek Road, where Dodson overdosed and died.
Carson told police he got scared and placed Dodson’s body in a duffle bag and stuffed him under a trailer at 4031 Wheeler Hollow Road in Valloina.
According to court documents, police say they were able to trace Shelton’s movements on Facebook, wifi and GPS phone records to discover Shelton sold the heroin to Dodson.
During a police interview, Shelton admitted to selling the drug to Dodson. He was arrested on a charge of dealing in a controlled substance resulting in death. His initial hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday in Washington Circuit Court.
Carson is being held in the Washington County Jail currently on a $10,000 full cash bond. A pretrial conference is scheduled in Washington Circuit Court at 9 a.m. on Jan. 24. A jury trial is scheduled for March 5, at 8:30 a.m.