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Sheriff's office makes drug busts

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By Lisa King

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office made several significant drug arrests during the month of April, including one on April 12 and another on April 24.

On April 12, sheriff's deputy Frank Jeffcoat, assisted by deputy Mike Beckley, pulled over a car for speeding 17 miles an hour over the limit at 1:10 a.m. just prior to Exit 32 on I-64 eastbound.

Jeffcoat and Beckley arrested all three occupants of the car, the first two for drug-related charges, and the third man for alcohol intoxication. A large amount of drugs as well as thousands of dollars in cash were confiscated in the arrest. The drugs included two large bags of marijuana, a large bottle of narcotics with 382 pills in it and a bottle of Xanax. A large butcher knife was also removed from the car.

The driver, Christopher Cole, 21, is from Lafayette, Ind., and is a student at Purdue University. He was charged with speeding, trafficking in marijuana; second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance; third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance; carrying a concealed deadly weapon (butcher knife); and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both charges involving the controlled substances are Class C felonies.

The second man arrested was Richard Oyler Jr., 22, of Lexington. He was charged with possession of marijuana and tampering with physical evidence.

The third person, Anthony Petrocelli, 22, of Muenster, Ind., was charged with alcohol intoxication. The three were taken to the Shelby County Detention Center.

The second arrest, which took place on April 24 during a traffic stop at a safety checkpoint at Cardinal Drive and Cherry Lane, also yielded a quantity of drugs, including two bags of pot, two bags of cocaine and a large number of "Ecstasy" pills. That arrest was made by deputy Daniel Wills, assisted by deputy Mike Beckley.

William B. Wilson, 23, of Maidie Lane in Shelbyville, was charged with failure to signal; operating on a suspended operator's license; first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Ecstasy), a Class C felony; first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine), a Class C felony; and possession of marijuana. Wilson was the only occupant of the vehicle. He, too, was taken to the Shelby County Detention Center.