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LOOGOOTEE, Ind. (April 7, 2015)– A phone tip  into the Indiana State Police Post in Jasper Monday evening revealed drug information with an unfortunate twist.

Early Monday evening, Senior State Trooper Jarrod Lents received information from a concerned citizen about possible drug activity going on near Southeast 1st Street in Loogootee. The citizen had been concerned about the activity because a two year old child lived at the suspected residence.

Shortly after 7 p.m. Monday, State Police and Loogootee Police along with the Department of Child Services arrived at the residence to follow-up on the tip. Officers were met at the door by William Bradley, 28, Loogootee. Detecting an odor of marijuana the officers got a search warrant and found a combined total of nearly one and a half pounds of marijuana, as well as a legend drug.

The other person in the house during the investigation,  Joshua Lee Cropp, 24, Bedford, IN, and Bradley were taken to the Martin County Jail, while a two-year old, who was present during the investigation was placed with a relative.

A third person, Traci L. Hall-Johnson, 20, Loogootee, arrived at the residence while officers were on scene and was also taken into custody since she was a resident of the home.

The case remains under investigation.

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