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Hillsboro police arrest two during investigation
Woman allegedly sold prescription drugs from home
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What began as an investigation of suspicious activity led to two arrests between March 1 and 4.

According to a press release from the Hillsboro Police Department, Zackary Sims, 20, of rural Hillsboro, was arrested March 1, on five charges, including underage drinking, possession of a controlled substance, possession of child pornography, obstructing an officer and a probation violation.

Three days later, on Mar. 4, 41-year-old Ellen Townsend of Hillsboro was arrested as part of the investigation that began with the Sims arrested. Police will recommend to Vernon County District Attorney Timothy Gaskell that Townsend be charged with seven counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and one count of obstructing an officer.

According to police, Sgt. Patrick Clark was on patrol Mar. 1 when he noticed suspicious activity in the 100 block of Madison St. Clark was joined by Vernon County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian James, and their investigation led to Sims’ arrest.

Clark continued the investigation, which led to Townsend’s arrest. He found that Townsend was allegedly selling prescription drugs from her Hillsboro home.

The investigation is ongoing, and further arrests are possible, according to police.