Michael D. Crawley
Michael D. Crawley
Michael D. Crawley, 56, of Hanover, was convicted Oct. 31 by a Jefferson County jury of multiple felonies, including two counts of dealing in methamphetamine as Level 4 felonies, two counts of possession of methamphetamine as Level 6 felonies and maintaining a common nuisance, a Level 6 felony.

The police investigation leading to the conviction began in February 2019 and was the result of a tip to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department by a confidential informant. The informant notified Deputy Linton Spry of an arrangement to purchase a half “game” or methamphetamine, approximately 1.5-2 grams, for $85.00.

Detectives made arrangements to meet the informant and prepare the controlled buy.

The controlled buys were made Feb. 21 and 23 and resulted in two $85.00 purchases at the 281 East Main Street residence of Michael D. Crawley.

On Feb. 21, 2019, Crawley sold the informant approximately 1.68 grams of a crystal-like substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Two days later, on Feb. 23, Crawley again sold the informant a crystal-like substance, in an amount weighing approximately 1.69 grams. The second controlled purchase also field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Both substances were sent to the Indiana State Police Lab for testing and confirmed to be methamphetamine.

Jefferson County Prosecutor David Sutter thanked the jury and the law enforcement officers who worked on the case.

“I want to give special thanks to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, particularly the excellent work of Detective Yancy Denning; Special Deputy Tim Armstrong; Deputy Ben Flint; and Deputy Linton Spry. It is because of their ongoing excellent work, we were able to secure this conviction and we continue to track down and prosecute drug dealers in Jefferson County,” said Sutter.

Crawley will be sentenced in the Jefferson County Circuit Court Nov. 19.