New Castle woman facing felony drug charges

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HANCOCK COUNTY — A woman who was originally pulled over for driving on a suspended license in July was arrested last week and charged with felony drug crimes and more.

Shannon M. Henchon, 44, New Castle, was booked into the Hancock County Jail on Wednesday, Sept. 22. According to court records, a warrant for her arrest was issued in Hancock County Superior Court 1 on July 30.

Henchon has been charged with a Level 4 felony count of possession of cocaine; a Level 6 felony count of possession of marijuana with a prior drug-offense conviction; a Level 6 felony count of maintaining a common nuisance and a Class A misdemeanor count of driving while suspended.

The most serious charge against her carries a sentence of up to 12 years in prison.

According to a probable cause affidavit, officers in McCordsville pulled over a vehicle in the 5600 block of State Road 234 on July 22 after the plates came back indicating the driver could be operating under a suspended license.

Henchon, the driver, told officials she didn’t have a license and had left it at home, but she identified herself as the owner of the car, the report stated. Officials then told her the owner’s license was suspended. The officers checked her records and found she had multiple drug offenses.

The officers brought a K-9 officer to search the vehicle, and the dog alerted for the presence of narcotics. Officials located a bag containing a white powder that later tested positive for cocaine; and a bag containing a green leafy substance that field-tested positive for synthetic cannabinoids, the report stated.

The jail was not accepting inmates at the time of the incident, so officials gave Henchon an arrest summons and released her and another woman who was in the car.

Henchon is still listed as an inmate in the county jail following her initial appearance in Superior Court 1 on Thursday, Sept 23. She’s being held under a $10,000 cash bond and will be back in court Wednesday, Oct. 13, for a pretrial conference.