By GARY POPP
Five people were arrested in Jeffersonville on Sunday after a drug deal that ended with a man being dragged by a vehicle.
An officer with the Jeffersonville Police Department responded to a possible hit and run about 10:30 p.m. in the area of East 10th Street and Sportsman Drive.
Amos Collazo, 24, Dallas, was questioned at the scene by police while being treated for minor injuries by paramedics. Collazo told the officer he had not been involved in a hit and run, but that he was dragged along the roadway by a vehicle after grabbing onto its sunroof.
The vehicle, a Honda Civic, was parked at the scene with four occupants inside.
Those in the Civic were the driver James Benton, 22, Louisville, and passengers Wesley Stockton, 29, Louisville, Brian Winters, 27, Louisville, and Shelby Forbes, 19, Bardstown, Ky.
Collazo told police he had made arrangements on the Internet to buy $240 of marijuana from Benton.
He said he had “ ... looked [Benton] up online to buy some weed,” according to the police report.
Collazo said he recognized him from a photo on the Internet when Benton drove the Civic to the meeting location of a motel on 10th Street.
Collazo said he approached the driver’s side vehicle to complete the transaction, but Benton didn’t roll down the window and told him to go the passenger’s side. Collazo said he followed the instruction, but when he stood at the passenger’s window, Stockton also had his window rolled up.
He told police that Stockton showed him the marijuana then told him to drop the cash through the vehicle’s sunroof so it could be counted.
Collazo said he deposited the $240 through the overhead window and watched as Stockton counted the $20 bills.
Seconds later, Collazo said, Benton began to pull away, and he reacted by grabbing onto the vehicle’s sunroof.
Police then questioned Benton about the incident.
Benton told police he had come to the area to “sell a little bit of marijuana, but became scared during the transaction. Benton stated that he thought he was being robbed so he took off ... ,” according to the report.
Stockton told police that “ ... he thought the was just going to ride around and smoke with Benton,” according to the report, and “ ... he had no idea that Benton was going to sell any marijuana and that he didn’t know anyone was going to rip anyone off.”
Winters and Forbes told police they knew they had come to Jeffersonville to sell marijuana.
Collazo was preliminarily charged class C felony dealing in marijuana within 1,000 feet of public housing.
Benton was preliminarily charged with class B felony robbery resulting in injury, class C felony dealing in marijuana within 1,000 feet of community housing and class D felony maintaining a common nuisance.
Stockton was preliminarily charged with class B felony robbery resulting in injury, class C felony dealing in marijuana within 1,000 feet of community housing and class B misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance.
Winters was preliminarily charged class C felony dealing in marijuana within 1,000 feet of community housing and class B misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance
Forbes was preliminarily charged with class B misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance.