GREENFIELD — A Greenfield man was arrested Tuesday after he was caught dealing narcotic drugs near a Greenfield elementary school, police said.

Dakota Simmermeyer, 21, 126½ N. Franklin St., sold drugs to a confidential informant for the Greenfield Police Department on at least four occasions, court records state. Three times, he sold the drugs within 500 feet of an elementary school, according to investigators. The name of the school was not disclosed.

He now faces nine felony charges: one Level 5 felony count of corrupt business influence; three Level 4 felony counts of dealing narcotic drugs; one Level 5 felony count of dealing narcotic drugs; three Level 5 felony counts of possession of a narcotic drug; and one Level 6 felony count of possession of a narcotic drug.

Police began investigating Simmermeyer after receiving tips from community members that he was selling drugs in Hancock County, investigators said.

Simmermeyer sold the drugs, oxymorphone and morphine, both prescription painkillers, several times between Feb. 1 and March 31, according to court documents.

Officers used confidential informants to set up a meeting time and place with Simmermeyer. They gave cash to the confidential informants and instructed them to purchase the drugs from Simmermeyer, according to court records.

Simmermeyer sold the confidential informants oxymorphone twice and morphine once within 500 feet of a school, court records state.

On Tuesday, Simmermeyer appeared in Hancock Circuit Court, where he pleaded not guilty to the charges. He’s slated to appear in court again at 9 a.m. Sept. 29.

At press time Tuesday, he was being held in the Hancock County Jail on a $20,000 bond.

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Samm Quinn is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3275 or squinn@greenfieldreporter.com.