Friday, June 15, 2018

Warrant service results in drug arrests

Lawrenceburg Now

Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies who were called to serve a warrant at a Norton Road home Tuesday arrested three of the residents on drug charges.

Deputies were dispatched to the 1950 Norton Road home at around 1:00 p.m. at the request of officers with State Probation and Parole. They had requested that deputies serve an outstanding violation of probation warrant to resident Aimee Benefield.

One of the parole officer reported that she had found a firearm and drug paraphernalia in one of the bedrooms. Deputies checked and report that there was a syringe in the trash can and a .380 handgun lying on the bed in the bedroom of resident Hope Victoria Blocker, age 31.

While they were checking her room, Blocker fled from the residence on foot, heading toward Martin Road. Additional deputies were sent to the location and a search of the area was mounted. While they were searching, dispatchers said they had a call from a Gimlet Road resident who reported a suspicious woman prowling about. Deputies were unable to locate Blocker at that time and returned to the Norton Road home to conduct a complete search.

Blocker’s room was more thoroughly searched, leading deputies to seize the handgun and syringe along with other items considered to be drug paraphernalia, some Gabapentin pills, and four plastic baggies that contained 5.2 grams of a crystal substance they believed to be methamphetamine.

Deputies searched the bedroom of Robert W. McCall, 34, also finding Gabapentin, drug paraphernalia, and a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun that had been hidden in an air duct. They were unable to determine whether it had been reported as stolen due to the fact that the serial number had been removed.

Deputies then searched the bedroom of resident Duane Mark Counce, 48. Deputies found that there was a sawed off 12 gauge shotgun hidden in the attic space, just above the closet.

Counce was on probation at that time and McCall a convicted felon, prohibiting either from owning or being around firearms. They were transported to the Lawrence County Jail where they were both booked on one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. McCall was also charged with altering the serial number on a firearm, possession of a legend drug without a prescription, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Blocker was apprehended later in the day. She was transported to the jail where she was incarcerated on charges of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of meth for resale, possession of a legend drug without a prescription, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At that time she had $600 in her possession that was believed to be the proceeds of illegal drug sales. As such, the cash was seized.  



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