Several were arrested during a traffic stop after troopers find drugs

WARRICK CO. – On Thursday, January 27, at approximately 11:45 p.m., Indiana State Police Troopers Kyle Otolski and Aaron Hadley were patrolling State Road 261 near Oak Grove Road when they spotted a vehicle with a defective taillight.

Troopers continued to follow the vehicle east on Oak Grove Road when they observed the vehicle drift left of center. A traffic stop was conducted on Oak Grove Road near Briarcliff Drive. The driver was identified as 23-year-old Audrey-Jestina Beverly, of Evansville. A front seat male passenger did not have identification but provided troopers with a name and date of birth. Further investigation revealed Beverly was his girlfriend.

Beverly allegedly confirmed her boyfriend’s identity. A rear-seat male passenger identified himself but soon started having a seizure. He was treated and later transported to Deaconess Gateway Hospital. T

roopers later determined the rear passenger gave them false information concerning his identity. He was later identified as 20-year-old Thomas Holland, of Evansville. A misdemeanor arrest warrant out of Vanderburgh County was active for Holland’s arrest.

When the front seat passenger was removed from the vehicle, officers located an Indiana ID card that identified the front seat passenger as Alexander Burton, 30, of Newburgh. Burton had given troopers a different name and his identity was confirmed by Beverly.

When officers searched Burton, they located a digital scale on his person. Officers also located a cylindrical container near the front passenger seat that contained four individually wrapped clear plastic baggies containing a total weight of approximately 14.6 grams of suspected methamphetamine.

A wanted check revealed Burton had an active felony arrest warrant out of Vanderburgh County for failure to appear. A further search of the vehicle discovered a backpack containing ten syringes, long plastic tubing, and a digital scale. 

Troopers were able to determine the suspected meth and syringes belonged to Burton. Burton and Beverly were arrested and taken to the Warrick County Jail where they are currently being held on bond. Holland was issued a summons to appear in Warrick Superior Court on a charge of false informing and refusal to identify.

Burton is facing charges of dealing and possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, false reporting, and a warrant for failure to appear.

Beverly is facing charges of false reporting.

Assisting was the Warrick County Sheriff’s Department.