Saturday, August 05, 2000

Couple arrested in sale of drugs

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — A Butler County couple were arrested after allegedly selling prescription painkillers in the presence of their four children — all believed to be under age 5.

        The children's mother, Jammie Eldridge, 23, and father, Shannon Beeler, 25, were released Friday from the Butler County Jail after posting $6,000 bond apiece.

        They were arrested Thursday night after leaving the White Castle restaurant on South Erie Boulevard. The couple had allegedly sold Vicodin tablets to an undercover officer at the restaurant, said Butler County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Mike Craft.

        The children were released to the care of relatives, Sgt. Craft said.

        The couple were each charged with trafficking in drugs, obstructing justice and permitting drug abuse. Mr. Beeler also was charged with operating a vehicle without a valid driver's license.

        The couple would have faced fifth-degree felony trafficking charges but that charge was upgraded to a fourth-degree felony because the alleged drug sale occurred in front of the children, Sgt. Craft said.


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