Three Sunman Residents Arrested On Drug Charges

Posted On March 27, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Curtis Carpenter Ripley County Sheriff's Office

Curtis Carpenter
Ripley County Sheriff’s Office

(Sunman, Ind.) – Three search warrants resulted in three drug arrests Wednesday in Sunman.

The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police served the warrants at separate homes. Sheriff Tom Grills said investigators with his office had been conducting months of intel gathering and surveillance leading up to Wednesday’s arrests.

The first two warrants were served during the day. Officers discovered numerous drugs, paraphernalia, and other items for the use and sale of drugs. Information gathered at those homes led investigators to obtain a warrant for the third Sunman home, where yet more items consistent with the sale and use of drugs were found.

William Underwood Ripley County Sheriff's Office

William Underwood
Ripley County Sheriff’s Office

Three people arrested during the searches were Curtis Carpenter, 27; Victoria Farrell, 20; and William M.E. Underwood, 23, all of Sunman.

Carpenter and Farrell are each charged with Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Underwood is accused of Dealing in a Controlled Substance and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.

Grills said the case remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office and the state police.

Victoria Farrell Ripley County Sheriff's Office

Victoria Farrell
Ripley County Sheriff’s Office

“This was a great effort again by my staff and ISP to put a dent in a serious drug problem in our community. Most people know I am retiring, but I promised to remain vigilant to the end. My office will continue to move forward after I am gone and I am proud to have accomplished so much in my years as Sheriff.  I thank my staff for helping, and making that happen,” Grills said.