Alleged Heroin Dealer And Repeat Customer Arrested

Posted On August 14, 2014

By Mike Perleberg


Antonio Williams (left) and Ricky Burford. Photo by Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department.

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit detectives claim that two Lawrenceburg men dealt heroin at various public places in the area.

Those men – one of whom may have been a major drug supplier in Dearborn County – were each arrested Tuesday on warrants issued July 9. They are Antonio Williams, 37, and Ricky Burford, 26.

An informant told SCU detectives last December about Burford’s abuse of and dealing in heroin, according to a court affidavit.

The detectives investigated multiple drug deals between Williams and Burford last March and April.  Those alleged heroin deals took place in locations including the parking lots of Walmart in Aurora, Lowes in Lawrenceburg, Kroger in Lawrenceburg, Ludlow Hill BP gas station, and inside Burford’s apartment at Lawrenceburg Village Apartments.

Burford’s children were allegedly present during some of the deals.

Williams, who goes by the alias “Black”, would usually drive from his home at Tuscany Bay Apartments in Lawrenceburg to meet Burford for deals.

Williams has a criminal history of drug possession, assaulting law enforcement, and domestic violence in Ohio. In Dearborn County, he faces counts of Dealing in a Narcotic Drug (Heroin) Within 1,000 Feet of a Family Housing Complex (Class A felony), Dealing in a Narcotic Drug (Heroin) (Class B felony), and Maintaining a Common Nuisance (Class D felony).

Burford is charged with Dealing in a Narcotic Drug (Heroin) Within 1,000 Feet of a Family Housing Complex (Class A felony), Maintaining a Common Nuisance (Class D felony), and Neglect of a Dependant (Class D felony).

Both men appeared in Dearborn Superior Court II Wednesday and were each ordered held on bonds of $50,000 cash and $100,000 surety, jail officials said.