Three Thorntown residents were arrested Friday evening on several drug-related charges.

An investigation begun by Thorntown Police department led to the arrest of Jay Alford, 31, at his home at 324 N. Pearl St., where police said they discovered paraphernalia used to inject methamphetamine.

Alford was charged with possession of a legend drug, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia. His bond is set at $50,000. A legend drug is a prescription drug. The term is used to differentiate it from over-the-counter drugs. Legend drugs are often used as ingredients to make illegal drugs such as methamphetamine.

During the investigation, Thorntown Deputy Marshall Frank Clark said they were tipped off by an informant of at least two others possibly involved with Alford. From the information they received, officers were able to obtain a search warrant for 120 E. Bow St., the residence of William Woods, 43, and Andrea Woods, 34.

Police said they found substantial amounts of paraphernalia, including 23 syringes and/or needles, marijuana, methamphetamine, and a number of other controlled substances.

Officers also detected the odor of ammonia coming from the Woods’ shed in the backyard. An ammonia odor often indicates the presence of an illegal methamphetamine lab.

No lab was found, but police believe that a lab recently set up in the shed caused a buildup of ammonia.

The Woods were both charged with possession of marijuana/hashish, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a legend drug. Their bonds are set $50,000 each.

Clark said more arrests are possible.


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