Seventh person arrested in connection with Dearborn Co. hotel drug ring, prosecutor says

Seventh person arrested in connection with Dearborn Co. hotel drug ring, prosecutor says
Lawrenceburg deputies arrested Jessica Henry Wednesday on drug related charges. (Source: Prosecuting Attorney Lynn Deddens)

DEARBORN COUNTY, Ind. (FOX19) - Lawrenceburg deputies arrested a seventh person Thursday in connection with a drug dealing investigation that was spurred by a fire alarm at the Baymont Inn in Greendale on May 4, according to a press release from the Dearborn County Prosecutor’s Office.

Prosecutor Lynn Deddens says deputies arrested Jessica Henry, 34, of Middletown, Ohio, Wednesday on charges of dealing with methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and maintaining a common nuisance.

"Jessica Henry's arrest makes the seventh person arrested and charged from this incident back in May," Deddens said.

On May 4, officers were dispatched for a fire alarm and a drug overdose at the Baymont Inn, Deddens said.

When they arrived at the hotel, they learned that the person who overdosed died. Officers believe the victim was dating Henry, according to the news release.

They also discovered that the room where the overdose occurred was rented in the name of Bette Staub from Aurora, Indiana, who was not at the hotel at the time, Deddens said.

Detectives from the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department say they discovered through surveillance footage that Staub left Aurora for Fairfield, Ohio, and met with Henry at a grocery store, the news release said. Staub left Fairfield and went back to Indiana where Deddens says she was then arrested on June 8.

The news release says Staub had 68 grams of a drug believed to be methamphetamine along with digital scales, miniature spoons, and several plastic baggies.

Staub faces several charges, including dealing with methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine, Deddens said.

She says detectives discovered that Staub allegedly purchased the drug from Henry.

On Wednesday, detectives found out that Henry's car was parked in an alley behind a house in the City of Lawrenceburg.

Deputies conducted a traffic stop and found what they believe to be methamphetamine, a digital scale, and a large sum of money, the news release said.

“Our law enforcement officers are working hand-in-hand to stop drug dealing in our community,” Deddens said. “I applaud Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department, the Special Crimes Unit, Greendale Police Department, Aurora Police Department, along with Lawrenceburg Police Department. We will continue this fight against drug dealers.”

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