|On February 12, 2016, Scott County Sheriff Deputies acted off of information received through the department’s tip-line and conducted several home visits.
One of the residences visited was at 143 Rural Street in Austin, IN.
Deputies made contact with the home owner and advised her that they had received information that there was a lot of activity consistent with drug use and drug dealing associated with her residence.
While deputies were speaking with the homeowner, one of the deputies observed a syringe in plain in view and observed a male subject, later identified as Barry L. Fox, trying to conceal something inside a bedroom of the residence.
After speaking with the homeowner, deputies were granted permission to come inside and investigate.
Once inside the residence, deputies located a hypodermic syringe, drug paraphernalia associated with intravenous drug use, and oxymorphone in the bedroom where Fox was observed trying to conceal something.
Barry L. Fox, age 31 was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and for Maintining a Common Nuisance.
Oxymorphone is a controlled substance listed in schedule II. Oxymorphone is marketed by several different pharmaceutical companies but the most popular one that Scott County law enforcement combats is Opana.
The Scott County Sheriff’s office was assisted by officers with the Austin City Police during the home visit.
Sheriff McClain encourages the citizens of Scott County to report any suspicious activity, including drug activity, to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff McClain reminds the citizens that the Sheriff’s Office maintains several options for reporting criminal activity anonymously including the department’s website, Facebook page, and a tip line.