By GARY POPP
Two people were arrested following a drug deal in the parking lot of a Jeffersonville business Monday, Jan. 7, according to Jeffersonville police.
JPD officers watched as Eric Brandon Sansbury, 29, made a methamphetamine sell about 6 p.m. on the property of Thorntons gas station and convenience store at 401 W. Court Ave.
Sansbury, a recent resident of Serenity House on Homestead Avenue in Clarksville, was later charged in a Clark County court with dealing in methamphetamine, a class B felony, possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony, and maintaining a common nuisance, a class D felony.
JPD officers observed Sansbury arrive at the Thornton’s parking lot in a Mercury Cougar and exit the rear passenger seat.
Sansbury was seen in a hand-to-hand drug exchange before returning to the vehicle.
As the Mercury left the gas station’s property, officers standing by conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.
During the stop, officers found Sansbury in possession of money received during the drug sell.
Sansbury also had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest issued out of Clark County.
The warrant stemmed from Sansbury failing to appear for random drug screening issued by Clark County Drug Treatment Court Program Dec. 27, 2012.
Court records reflect on the same day that Sansbury was considered AWOL from Serenity House.
Sansbury was placed into the drug court after he was charged for unlawful possession of a syringe, visiting a common nuisance, dealing in cocaine or narcotic drug and possession of cocaine/methamphetamine, all felony charges.
He was convicted in September 2012 with the possession of syringe and possession of narcotic drug charges.
A pretrial conference is scheduled for Feb. 11 in Clark County Circuit Court No. 2 for the recent charges.
During the traffic stop officers found stolen DVDs in the vehicle, which resulted in the arrest Jason Lee Earp, 25, of 111 Williams St. in Jeffersonville, who was also in the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle, Cassandra Bratcher, 68, of Louisville, told the officers that she had driven Earp to Sam’s Club on Preston Highway in Louisville earlier in the day and that he was the only one to have gone into the store when the theft occurred.
Bratcher was not charged in the incident.
Through further investigation, officers determined the DVDs to value at $442.48.
“Due to the conflicting statements from both Earp and Bratcher, both Sansbury and Earp were [preliminarily] charged with theft/receiving stolen property,” according to the officer’s statements in the police report.
While Earp was being patted down by officers, a syringe fell from a leg of his pants, officers reported. Earp told police he used the needle to shoot up Suboxyen, a substance commonly prescribed to treat opiate addiction.
Since his arrest, Earp has been charged with receiving stolen property and unlawful possession of a syringe, both D felonies.
A pretrial conference for Earp’s charges is scheduled for Jan. 28. in Clark County Circuit Court No. 4.