Man arrested on high-level drug charge

The sheriff’s office arrested a Shelbyville man on a high-level drug charge Thursday.

Jon T. Fox, 56, was arrested on a charge of dealing heroin, a Level 3 felony.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office gathered evidence Fox made two drug deals last August in Franklin.

On one occasion, Fox sold heroin in a parking lot at the Franklin Quality Inn, according to a sheriff’s office report.

A few days later, Fox sold methamphetamine in a parking lot at Johnson Memorial Hospital, the report said.

On both occasions, Fox, whose license is suspended for life, drove to the locations where he sold the drugs in two different vehicles that are not registered to him, according to the report.

There is video evidence of both deals, the report says.

Though Fox was arrested only on the heroin dealing charge, the report lists other potential charges that the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office may pursue. Those are dealing narcotics and operating a motor vehicle while under a lifetime suspension, both Level 5 felonies.

The suggested charge for dealing methamphetamine reflects an elevated charge, as the deal was conducted less than 500 feet from Custer Baker Intermediate School. The school was in session during the deal.

Fox was arrested on the local drug charges following the resolution of another drug case in Shelby County.

Fox was sentenced last month for a May 2020 possession of methamphetamine case and sentenced to 180 days at the Shelby County jail. He was credited 174 days and served six days, according to online court records.

Fox is being held at the Johnson County jail on $16,600 bond.