marshal leads undercover operation
Two women face felony drug charges
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
Felony charges were filed last week against two women following
a month long investigation by Versailles Marshal Joe Mann.
The marshal led an undercover drug buy with a confidential informant
in Ripley County that resulted in the seizure of one pound of marijuana.
Information from the Ripley County Prosecutors Office noted
that the confidential informant had been used to buy drugs on previous
occasions leading up to the buy/bust operation. The buy, that had
originally been scheduled to take place in Dearborn County, was
moved to Ripley County at the property of Deborah Mann, (2601 West
CR 450 South) who was arrested along with Deborah L. Biggers of
Both women were taken into custody and later charged with various
charges. Mann was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Dealing in Marijuana,
Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Marijuana with a prior
conviction, all of which are Class D Felonies. She was also charged
as a Habitual Controlled Substance Offender.
Biggers was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Dealing in Marijuana
and Possession of Marijuana, both Class D Felonies.
The marshal noted that the marijuana amount they confiscated could
be worth several hundred dollars, depending on how it was broken
down, packaged and sold. He and K-9 Partner Buddy, along with Osgood
Town Marshal Rodney Stepleton and his K-9 Partner, Farrell, are
waging war on drugs in the area. What it takes is everyone
working together, Mann concluded.
Assisting Marshal Mann with this operation were officers from the
Indiana State Police, Osgood Police Department, Ripley County Sheriffs
Department and the Ripley County Prosecutors Office.