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Police Trace Back To Drug Dealer After Overdose

Posted On September 13, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Robert Melrose and Lisa Henderson. Photos by Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department.

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Two people, including the alleged drug dealer, were arrested after a near-fatal overdose in Lawrenceburg.

Lawrenceburg Police officers responded to the overdose on Scudder Drive on Wednesday, September 6. After being revived with Narcan, the victim told police that she had received heroin from a man known as “One Leg” inside a nearby apartment on Scudder Drive.

Police served a search warrant later that same day at the apartment rented by Lisa Henderson, 35, of Lawrenceburg. A man in the apartment with a prosthetic leg was identified as Robert Melrose, 43, of Lawrenceburg.

Melrose allegedly reached under a bed mattress and produced a pencil box. The box contained items commonly used for packaging heroin for sale. A white powder consistent with the heroin found at the earlier overdose scene was found in a small bag on a table near the bed. A bag containing more syringes was found under a futon seat.

Henderson told investigators that she and Melrose are drug addicts and use heroin or fentanyl four to five times per day. She admitted to allowing Melrose to stay in her apartment even though she knew he was dealing drugs.

Melrose and Henderson were placed under arrest. On Monday, September 11, Melrose was formally charged with Dealing in a Narcotic Drug (level 5 felony), Possession or Control of Hypodermic Needles (level 6 felony), Possession of a Narcotic Drug (level 6 felony), and Maintaining a Common Nuisance (level 6 felony).

Henderson has been charged with Aiding, Inducing, or Causing Dealing in a Narcotic Drug (level 5 felony), Possession or Control of Hypodermic Needles (level 6 felony), Possession of a Narcotic Drug (level 6 felony), and Maintaining a Common Nuisance (level 6 felony).

Both remained held in jail at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center as of Wednesday, September 13.