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February 5, 2013

Traffic stop arrests part of drug crackdown

Charlestown residents face multiple drug charges

CHARLESTOWN — The arrests of two Charlestown residents during a Friday traffic stop in the city come as part of an initiative aimed at tackling drug activity in the area, said Indiana State Police Trooper Zachary Smith. 

According to ISP, a vechile being driven by Margaret R. Lenz, 19, of 717 Level St., and occupied by Troy L. Sanders, 21, of 328 Highland Ave., was stopped about 11 p.m. near Halcyon Road and Marcy Street. That intersection — located in a neighborhood in front of Jonathan Jennings Elementary School — is included in an area being targeted by area law enforcement officials, Smith said, because of its high incidence of drug activity.

“It’s just been a major hub of drug activity from pill abuse, marijuana and, now, heroin,” Smith said.

Smith said the area was once inhabited by military personnel employed at the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant located across Ind. 62. Over the course of several decades, Smith said, the area has become primarily low-income housing and condemned properties.

Smith said he and other lawmen are starting off 2013 by sending a strong message to those involved in illegal drug activity.

“We are going to be targeting this area, and others, and making drug offenses a priority,” Smith said.

As a result of Friday’s traffic stop, Smith said marijuana, prescription pills and drug paraphernalia were found inside Lenz’ vehicle and both she and her passenger now face multiple drug charges.

Smith said Sanders was preliminarily charged with dealing in controlled substances after he admitted to troopers of supplying his girlfriend, Lenz, and others in Charlestown with medications he takes from a family member.

“Mr. Sanders was openly honest and admitted to supplying Ms. Lenz with controlled substances and marijuana,” Smith said.

Found in the vehicle were hydrocodone and other pills.

Sanders was preliminarily charged with dealing in a controlled substance, a class B felony, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of marijuana more than 30 Grams, both class D felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor. 

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