Jasper Woman and Santa Claus Man Arrested with Multiple Weapons and Drugs

On Thursday night a Jasper woman and a Santa Claus man found themselves facing multiple charges after officers uncover numerous loaded weapons, methamphetamine and heroin.

Last night, just after 8 p.m., Trooper Nathaniel Kern with the Indiana State Police initiated a traffic stop after he observed a 1998 Mercedes disregard a stop sign at Kentucky Street and SR 161 in the Holland area.

The driver of the Mercedes was identified as 29-year old Tiffany Reed of Jasper.

29-Year old Tiffany Reed of Jasper


The front seat passenger was identified as 42-year old Michael Gross of Santa Claus.

42-year old Michael Kern of Santa Claus

Due to suspicious circumstances Trooper Kern requested assistance from Dubois County Deputy Monarrez and his K-9, Karma.

K-9 Karma alerted to the presence of narcotics. As officers searched the vehicle they discovered several loaded handguns, 27 grams of methamphetamine and a small amount of heroin.

Weapons Seized in the search included a Star 9 mm handgun with one round in the chamber and five rounds in the magazine and Uzi .22 caliber handgun with a live round in the chamber and 18 rounds in the magazine a Springfield Armory .45 caliber handgun with seven rounds and a Kimber .380 caliber handgun with five rounds

Further investigation revealed the Kimber .380 handgun was reported stolen out of Vanderburgh County.

Troopers also discovered Reed and Gross did not have a license to carry a handgun. They were both arrested and taken to the Dubois County Jail where they later posted bond and were released.

Both Reed and Gross face charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony
Possession of Narcotic Drug, Level 6 Felony and Carrying a Handgun without a License, Class A Misdemeanor.

Gross was additionally charged with Theft, a Level 6 Felony, for the alleged stolen Kimber .380 handgun.

Assisting Indiana State Trooper Kern were Trooper Kurtis Blunk, Deputy Josh Smith, Deputy Clint Gogel and Deputy Jesus Monarrez and K-9, Karma

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