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Local woman arrested on charges of meth possession, Ohio warrant

Courier-Times Staff Report

A New Castle woman remained in jail Monday on preliminary drug charges after law enforcement found her in a “high drug activity” area at 12:30 a.m. that morning.

According to Indiana State Police, Trooper J.T. Burns was sitting at the red light at 18th St. and Broad St. in New Castle when he saw a woman, later identified as 36 year old Samantha Runyan, walk across 18th St. and go behind a business there.

ISP reported the area as “being known for high drug activity,” which led Burns to follow Runyan behind the building.

Burns reportedly saw Runyan “attempting to kick and hide something she had discarded on the ground.”

After checking Runyan’s identification, Burns found she was wanted on a Preble County, Ohio, felony warrant for Possession of Dangerous Drugs.

New Castle Police Officers Brandon Edstene and Sergeant Neil Sealover were nearby and came to assist Burns. Further investigation by the officers allegedly turned up a glass smoking pipe and a baggie containing methamphetamine.

Runyan was arrested on the felony drug warrant and preliminarily charged with Level 6 Felony Possession of Methamphetamine and misdemeanor Possession of Paraphernalia.