HANCOCK COUNTY — The Indiana woman who is already serving time for felony drug crimes in the state had her local case settled in Hancock County Circuit Court this week.
Jacqueline Anderson, 37, is an inmate in the Oldham County Detention Center in La Grange, Ky., where she is serving a lengthy federal penalty for drug crimes in Rushville. She was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison in mid-February after being charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute from an incident there in May 2021.
Anderson entered into a plea agreement for almost the same drug crimes in Hancock County in February, but had yet to be sentenced by Judge Scott Sirk, which happened Thursday.
Locally, she was facing a Level 2 felony count of dealing methamphetamine, a Level 3 felony count of possession of methamphetamine and a Level 6 felony count of maintaining a common nuisance from an incident in Greenfield in August 2020.
The local plea agreement had been signed by all parties and called for Anderson to admit guilt to the Level 2 felony count of dealing methamphetamine. The agreement noted Anderson was to be given a 15-year sentence to be served at the Indiana Department of Corrections. The plea agreement said the sentence will run concurrent with the federal sentence, but the acceptance or denial of the agreement was left up to Sirk, who accepted the terms.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced Anderson’s federal 15-year sentence from the Rushville incident in mid-February, saying she’d also been ordered to 10 years of supervised probation following her release.
Locally, Anderson was arrested in August of 2020 along with two others when officials intercepted a package filled with illegal drugs.
According to a probable cause affidavit, the parcel, a cardboard box measuring 16-by-10-by-10 inches, contained a pound of a crystalline substance that had been wrapped in plastic. The package from an address in Los Angeles was being sent to an address in the 1600 block of West New Road in Greenfield. It was intercepted at a distribution center in Indianapolis with the help of a K-9 officer.
The crystalline substance field-tested positive for methamphetamine, the affidavit said.
Authorities resealed the package for delivery, but not before adding an electronic signaling device and a GPS tracking device, the affidavit said.
The package was delivered on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 to the Greenfield address. After the package was taken into the residence, police quickly arrived with a search warrant, the affidavit said.
Once inside, police found the package inside a clothes dryer. The drugs were still packaged in the plastic container and the container was taped shut, as it had been prior to delivery, the affidavit said. However, the signaling device that was in the box had been torn away and discarded somewhere inside the residence.
Anderson, who retrieved the package to bring it inside the house, told police she no longer lived at the residence but instead lived in New Castle. Anderson told police she thought the package was filled with safety masks she had ordered, the affidavit said.
In addition to the package with drugs, according to the court documents, authorities found a couple thousand dollars in cash and numerous cellphones.