A trio of Shoals residents were taken into custody earlier today following an investigation by Indiana State Police and Indiana Parole Officers.
At about 10:50 this morning, state police trooper Jarrod Lents assisted 2 Indiana Parole Officers as they did a parole search at the home of 47-year-old Darren Bruce Stone in the 15000 block of Ivy Lane in Shoals. 32-year-old Julie Lents of Shoals met officers at the door. Lents told them that she along with 20-year-old Katie Stone-Payne (also of Shoals) were the only 2 people at home. After doing a protective sweep of the residence, trooper Lents found Darren Bruce Stone hiding behind a shower curtain in the shower.
While inside the residence, officers found a loaded .22 caliber handgun, marijuana roaches, and other drug paraphernalia in plain sight. Stone was not allowed to have a firearm because police say he is a convicted serious violent felon.
After getting a search warrant for the residence and outbuildings from the Martin County Prosecutor’s Office, officers found 2 baggies of marijuana, a straw that had methamphetamine in it, and additional drug paraphernalia items.
Stone, Lents, and Payne were all taken into custody and booked into the Martin County Jail. Each of them are facing Level 5 felonies for possession of methamphetamine with a firearm along with Level 6 felonies for illegal possession of a syringe, Class A misdemeanors for possession of marijuana, and Class B misdemeanors for possession of paraphernalia.
Stone and Payne are each facing Level 6 felonies for maintaining a common nuisance while Lents is charged with a Class B misdemeanor for visiting a common nuisance. Lents is also facing a Class A misdemeanor for false informing. Stone is charged with a Level 4 felony for possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.
Martin County Sheriff’s deputies also assisted Indiana State Police.