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Drug bust nets five in Indiana apartment

by RANDY WELLS rwells@indianagazette.net on August 23, 2013 11:00 AM

State police said they found heroin, paraphernalia, cash, evidence of prior undercover drug buys — and a 9-month-old girl — in an Indiana house they suspected was being used for transacting illegal narcotics.

Five people were arrested Wednesday on drug charges and other offenses after state police of the Troop A vice unit from the Greensburg station executed a search warrant at 11:15 p.m. at 411 Poplar Ave., Apt. 8, Indiana, the residence of Robert Sexton Jr., 50.

Police identified those arrested as Sexton; Torrence Lyde, 24, of Cleveland; and Lindsy Diamond, 32; Rebecca Matthews, 62; and Tammy Jobe, 31, all of Indiana.

According to court documents, when state police knocked on the door of the residence and announced they were officers with a search warrant, people could be heard running inside.

The door was breached and the police entered.

Police said Lyde was in a bathroom where a toilet could be heard flushing. Lyde leaned against the bathroom door to prevent it from being opened, according to court papers, and a trooper grabbed his arm, but he continued to resist arrest and was subdued with an electroshock weapon.

According to the court documents, searches of the suspects and the residence found $605 in Lyde’s pocket; 94 stamp bags of heroin and $427 cash in a bedroom; a box containing new stamp bags; a bag containing marijuana; numerous cellphones; two crack pipes; a grinder; and razor blades.

Police said the serial numbers on two $20 bills and on a $10 bill found in the residence matched the serial numbers of bills used in an earlier controlled buy of narcotics by undercover officers.

Police also said Diamond’s 9-month-old daughter was in the residence and a crack pipe was found in Diamond’s baby diaper bag.

All five suspects were charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, possession of paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child.

Lyde was also charged with resisting arrest.

They were placed in the Indiana County Jail.

At an arraignment before Magisterial District Court Judge Jennifer Rega, in Blairsville, bail was set at $100,000 each for Lyde and Diamond; $50,000 for Sexton; and $25,000 each for Matthews and Jobe.

Indiana police assisted state troopers in serving the search warrant.

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