LAWRENCE COUNTY - Yesterday, the Indiana State Police Bloomington District Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Sectio and Drug Enforcement Detectives continued an on-going investigation into locating Demetrious Coleman, 36 of Evansville. Coleman was wanted on several Lawrence County warrants for Dealing Methamphetamine (Level 2 Felony), Possession of Methamphetamine (Level 3 Felony), two counts of Carrying a Handgun without a License with a Prior Conviction (Level 5 Felonies), Possession of a Legend Drug (Level 6 Felony), and Possession of Marijuana (B Misdemeanor). Troopers found that Coleman had been evading arrest by moving around several cities and towns in southern Indiana.
The investigation revealed that Coleman was in Lawrence County and ISP Troopers were able to determine that Coleman was staying at a residence in the 300 block of Heltonville Road. The investigation also showed that Coleman was allegedly dealing methamphetamine while in Bedford.
A Lawrence County Search Warrant was granted for the residence.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Greg Day, DES Detectives, Troopers Chance Humphrey and Cody Brown, Bedford Police Officers Chase Hamilton and Toby Gerkin and Officer Shaun Cabral of the Lawrence County Highway Interdiction Team executed the search warrant in the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 27th.
Upon entry into the residence, several individuals were encountered. Coleman was reportedly found destroying suspected methamphetamine in the home's bathroom, while a resident of the home, Austin R. Perry (35 years old), attempted to run out the back door. Perry was quickly apprehended and the search resulted in the discovery of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and marijuana.
Coleman was arrested for his warrants, along with new offenses of Dealing Methamphetamine (Level 5 Felony) and Obstruction of Justice (Level 6 Felony). Perry was arrested for Maintaining a Common Nuisance (Level 6 Felony) and Possession of Under 3 Grams of Methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony).
Both were incarcerated at the Lawrence County Jail. The other visitors at the residence were not arrested.
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