Authorities in Crawford County were mighty busy last week as eight people were arrested on drug related charges in the county over a four-day period.
The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department says traffic stops and a lengthy ongoing investigation resulted in the seizure of Methamphetamine, Heroin, controlled substances, marijuana, and needles.
The first arrest took place last Wednesday February 1st when a trooper with the Indiana State conducted a traffic stop and requested the assistance of Crawford County deputies.
The driver of the vehicle, 29-year old Lloyd Smith was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. Smith was taken to the Crawford County jail where he was booked for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of a syringe, and possession of paraphernalia.
The next day Federal probation officers were conducting a visit at a home located along the 700 block of South Main Street in English where 48-year old Carl Laswell resided.
Federal officers discovered items of paraphernalia and narcotics and called for the assistance of the Crawford County Sheriff Department.
Deputies and state police troopers arrived and conducted a thorough search of the home.
Laswell and 37-year old Dusty Fuqua of Eckerty, were then transported to the Crawford County jail where both were booked for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of syringe.
Bond was set in the amount of $10,000
Then later Thursday evening deputies conducted a traffic stop near English on State Rd 64. They say during the stop a male passenger, 30-year old William Smith of English fled on foot from the vehicle by was soon apprehended and taken into custody.
Deputies found that Smith had an outstanding warrant out of Crawford County.
Deputies also located marijuana and found Smith to be holding a bag of methamphetamine in his mouth. He was transported to the Crawford County jail without incident.
Early Friday morning, deputies executed a search warrant in Marengo at the Village apartments after a lengthy investigation. It was at that time, Sheriff’s deputies located several items of paraphernalia, syringes, and marijuana.
31-year old Shane Cole of Marengo, was transported to the Crawford County jail without incident.
Later on Friday, deputies assisted by the English Town Marshal located 24-year old William Laswell of English who was wanted in connection to the February 2nd search the home on the 700 block of South Main St.
Deputies immediately secured the home after the odor of marijuana was discovered coming from the house. Laswell was transported to the Crawford County jail for holding.
Crawford County Sheriff deputies assisted by the English Town Marshal, Indiana State Police, and Indiana conservation officers executed a search warrant at a home along the 700 block of south Main where authorities say approximately 60 grams of crystal methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana and other drugs and paraphernalia were discovered along with a large amount of cash was also found in the home.
Deputies found that the crystal methamphetamine was being weighed on digital scales when officers arrived and most of the narcotics were packaged for delivery.
A state police K9 unit alerted police of a car that was parked in a driveway belonging to 38-year old Travis Green of Corydon who was present in the home along with a third person when officers first arrived and secured the residence.
Police say it appeared the console of the vehicle and radio had been modified or removed at some time. Green is being held with a $35,000 bond.
At the same time on Friday, the English Town marshal assisted by Crawford County deputies conducted a traffic stop in English on State Rd. 64.
34-year old Michael Montgomery of West Fork was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. Montgomery was taken into custody and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of syringe, possession of a legend drug, and possession of paraphernalia.
Authorities say these investigations are ongoing and the Crawford County Sheriff Department is requesting any public assistance with information to slow the trafficking of illegal narcotics and abuse into and through the county.