Multiple drug-related arrests made at end of March by officers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 07:33

Two of three local law enforcement agencies and the Indiana State Police (ISP), Sellersburg post, recently recorded several multiple arrests of people involving the alleged sale or possession of illegal drugs.

The run of arrests began March 23 with ISP Trooper Kyle Taylor. Trp. Taylor stated in the probable cause affidavit that a vehicle failed to make a complete stop at a stop sign on Broadway Street in Austin. He made a traffic stop based on that alleged action and talked with driver Darvin Adams, 23, Scottsburg, and his passenger Alexis Spicer, 23, Austin.

While he was obtaining their identifications (IDs), the trooper noted that he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Sgt. Scott McCoskey and his K-9 Diablo arrived on the scene, the dog indicating the possible presence of drugs on a walk around the car.

Both Adams and Spicer were ordered out of the car. Marijuana was found in Spicer’s hoodie, Trp. Taylor stated, plus rolling papers and a small amount of burned marijuana were also recovered.

Each was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Each has a bench trial scheduled in Scott Circuit Court on May 22.

The pair was bailed out on cash bonds April 4.

William Burton, 29, Stephanie Stacy, 39, and Sol Hensley, 39, were taken into custody by Trp. Taylor on March 30 when he, another state trooper and Austin police officers visited a residence at 108 South Third Street, Austin.

Burton and Stacy were each charged with felony possession of methamphetamine (meth). A misdemeanor charge of visiting a common nuisance was also filed against Burton and Hensley. Stacy’s other charges include felony unlawful possession of a syringe and maintaining a common nuisance.

In the probable cause affidavit, Trp. Taylor related that officers were investigating complaints of possible drug activity at the house. Burton was on the front porch when they arrived but stepped off. As Trp. Taylor talked to Burton, he said the man told him that he would submit to a search. Two knives, a digital scale with crystal residue on it and three baggies were found on him. One of the baggies had 1.03 grams of meth.

Burton was arrested. On the way to jail, Burton allegedly told the trooper that he and Stacy were supposed to pick up a half-pound of meth at midnight. The gram of meth on Burton was payment by Stacy for Burton fixing a generator, the prisoner added. Burton was dropped off at the Scott County Security Center, and Trp. Taylor drew up the paperwork for a search warrant. The warrant was issued out of Scott Circuit Court.

Officers served the warrant on Stacy and Hensley. Stacy’s teenage daughter was released to her grandparents. Inside the residence, officers said they found several used syringes, a syringe loaded with liquid meth and drug paraphernalia. Stacy and Hensley then made the trip to jail.

All three had initial hearings in court on April 5.

Hensley was released on his own recognizance in lieu of bail after being assigned a bench trial on May 29.

Burton and Stacy each received an initial jury trial date of June 25. Each of their bails were set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash. Stacy posted a cash bond on April 5 and was released.

Lisa M. Robbins, 52, and Matthew S. Lehman, 29, both of Scottsburg, were taken into custody on March 31 by Scottsburg Patrolman James Vires.

Ptl. Vires and Sgt. Rodney Watts had responded to a caller who said a man was entering vacant trailers on West Lake Road. They drove to the area just before 6:30 p.m. and located the man. He told them he had been visiting friends who were staying in one of the trailers.

Sgt. Watts went to the front door and knocked, while Ptl. Vires watched the back door. In response to the sergeant’s knocking and identifying himself, a man and woman ran out of the back door. Officers gave chase, Ptl. Vires catching the woman, who refused to cooperate and was taken to the ground and handcuffed.

Sgt. Watts caught up with the man and deployed his taser. Lehman dropped to the ground and was handcuffed.

Officers recovered a backpack and a woman’s purse that was dropped by Lehman during the chase. A syringe and half of a tablet was found in the backpack; the purse held additional pills, drug paraphernalia and a syringe. Lehman also had a small tin of tablets. All of the medicine was considered controlled substances or legend drugs. A legend drug is purchased through a prescription.

Each defendant has eight charges. Those include two felonies of possession of a legend drug and one felony count each of unlawful possession of a syringe. Misdemeanors include resisting law enforcement, trespass, possession of paraphernalia and two of possession of Schedule 1-4 controlled substances.

Robbins and Lehman were in Circuit Court on Tuesday, April 3. They were each assigned an initial jury trial date of June 25 and bonds of $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash.