Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

On August 26, 2017, the sheriff’s department received a complaint of suspicious activity around a New Zion Road residence. According to the complaint, items were being removed from the home by persons wearing rubber gloves.

Upon arrival, deputies Jonas Saunders and E.J. Miller made contact with two men and two women. Coming from a bathroom was Joshua A. Abrams, 28. Upon further investigation, a bag containing needles and a substance believed to be methamphetamine was located inside the toilet within the bathroom where Abrams had exited. Also, part of a pill was located in his wallet. The other male, Michael Lawson, 27, was found to have marijuana in his possession.

Natasha Archer, 32, was searched. Concealed within her chest area was a bottle containing a substance believed to be methamphetamine and six pills believed to be hydrocodone.

A blue/gray Pontiac G6 outside the residence was searched, which resulted in the discovery of needles, digital scales and plastic baggies. Within Archer’s purse, deputies found what’s believed to be methamphetamine and a glass pipe.

Archer was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (meth), first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a prescription controlled substance not in its original container.

Abrams was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), tampering with physical evidence, second degree possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lawson was arrested by Dep. Mike Lawson and charged with possession of marijuana and public intoxication.

All were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.