Monday, April 23, 2018

Water rescue results in drug arrests

Press release

On Monday April 23, 2018, Deputies with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department responded to the low water bridge in the area of 2493 South Mt. Ararat Road in reference to a vehicle swept from the roadway.

Upon arrival, Deputies could see lights downstream approximately 150 yards and could hear a male subject shouting for help.

Deputies made their way down the creek bank and did see a white Lincoln Mercury submerged in the creek with four subjects on top of it. After speaking with Lawrence County EMS and insuring swift water rescue was dispatched, Deputies located a pistol lying on top of the grass near the creek bank.

While waiting for fire command to begin securing the scene, Deputies began a search of the area. While searching the area for other items, Deputies located a small black "hide a key" box and a set of digital scales containing a crystal residue.

Upon opening the "hide a key", Deputies located a clear plastic baggy containing approximately 1.3 grams of a white crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine.

Units with the Ethridge Fire Department, Crawfish Valley Fire Department, and the City of Lawrenceburg Fire Department responded and conducted a swift water rescue of all four individuals, delivering them to safety.

At this time law enforcement continued their investigation and Justin Evan Daniels admitted ownership of the firearm. All subjects were questioned about the contents of the "hide a key" box and nobody would claim ownership of it or the digital scales.  

Justin Evan Daniels, Scott Allen Pufahl, Destiny Jade Springer, and Andre Paul McNeal were arrested and transported to the Lawrence County Jail.

Justin Evan Daniels (18) of Lawrenceburg was charged with possession of schedule II for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia, and unlawful possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony and is being held under a $21,000 bond.  

Scott Allen Pufahl (29) of Ethridge and Andre Paul McNeal (28) of Lawrenceburg were charged with possession of schedule II for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Pufahl is being held on an $11,000 bond while McNeal is being held on a $22,000 bond due to prior charges.  Destiny Jade Springer (19) of Lawrenceburg was charged with possession of schedule II for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia and 3 counts of reckless endangerment for operating the vehicle in the flood area with occupants. 

Springer is being held on a $28,000 bond.

The vehicle involved was reported as stolen to the City of Lawrenceburg and the incident is still under investigation.

Anyone with any information concerning drugs or any other illegal activity is encouraged to contact the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department 931-762-3626 or the Criminal Investigation Division 931-762-1608.  Tips may also be reported online confidentially by visiting our department’s Facebook page and sending a message.





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