Three Arrested For Allegedly Dealing Cocaine
By Travis Thayer
(Left to right): Brent Stephenson, Ry Holland and Sandra Holland. Photos by the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Three people have been arrested on drug-related charges, including a man who was recently involved in a domestic disturbance in Manchester.
Ry Holland, 35, and Sandra Holland, 33, of Lawrenceburg were booked into Dearborn County Jail on Thursday for their roles in allegedly aiding Brent Stephenson with selling cocaine.
Stephenson came under investigation for illegal drug activity in March after being tipped off that he was dealing cocaine and marijuana at his mother’s residence or at a nearby market in Manchester.
The 32-year-old from Milan was also wanted on charges stemming from a domestic disturbance on the 12100 block of State Road 48 in Manchester on August 28 – where he allegedly pulled a gun on another individual.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Sandra Holland aided Stephenson in selling a gram of cocaine on Short Street in Lawrenceburg on September 1. Police say Stephenson left the drugs with Holland to sell, and that she used a box of diapers to deliver the substance.
Shortly after, Stephenson was seen getting into a blue Chrysler Town & Country minivan registered to Sandra Holland.
Lawrenceburg Police would initiate a traffic stop on Front Street at its intersection with U.S. 50. At that time, Stephenson exited the vehicle and fled on foot towards Greendale Middle School. K-9 Officer Abram pursued and apprehended Stephenson, biting his shirt – but Stephenson was able to get rid of his shirt and continue to flee.
He was eventually located and taken into custody near a house on Front Street.
Search warrants were later executed for the blue minivan and the Holland’s home, which they share with three juvenile kids.
Police say a metal pipe was located in the van along with the shirt worn by Stephenson. At the Holland’s home, police seized a backpack belonging to Stephenson that contained multiple drug and drug paraphernalia items.
Stephenson is charged with Dealing in Cocaine (Level 5 felony), Dealing in Cocaine with Prior Dealing Conviction (Level 4 felony), Resisting Law Enforcement (Class A misdemeanor), Possession of a Narcotic Drug (Level 5 felony), Possession of a Controlled Substance (Level 6 felony), Possession of Marijuana Less than 30 Grams (Class B misdemeanor) and Possession of Paraphernalia (Class C misdemeanor).
The Holland’s are charged with Dealing in Cocaine (Level 5 felony), Maintaining a Common Nuisance (Level 6 felony), Neglect of a Dependent (Level 5 felony), Possession of a Narcotic Drug (Level 6 felony), Possession of a Controlled Substance (Class A misdemeanor), Possession of Marijuana Less than 30 Grams (Class B misdemeanor) and Possession of Paraphernalia (Class C misdemeanor).