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Federal drug schedules dictate potential penalties

You may assume that if a police officer here in Indiana arrests you on alleged drug crimes, that you would face charges in the Indiana criminal justice system. Oddly enough, that may not be the case. While many drug crimes remain with the state, you could discover that your case went to federal court.

If that happens, what kind of penalties could you face? Would it be the same as in the state system? The easy answer to that question is a simple maybe, but what really determines the potential penalties in a federal drug case is where the substance falls in the federal drug schedules.

Two teens charged in death of elderly woman

Many elderly people in Indianapolis depend upon specially trained nurses to help them when they become unable to care for themselves. Unfortunately, some of the people who provide such services elect to betray the trust of their patients. According to Indianapolis police, a pair of young adults are facing criminal charges in connection with the murder and robbery of an elderly patient's wife.

Indianapolis police announced the arrests of a 19-year-old male and an 18-year-old female on murder charges in connection with the death of a 74-year-old woman whose husband had been the patient of the female suspect. Police allege that the teen-aged pair broke into the apartment occupied by the decedent and her husband of 39 years with the intent of committing robbery. A number of items were allegedly taken from the apartment, but police did not provide any further information. According to police, the young woman had been an in-home nursing aide for the husband.

Indianapolis records first homicide in 2018

Indianapolis saw 154 homicides in 2017, the most murders in one year since the city began keeping such records. The first murder in 2017 occurred on January 3, and, now, the first suspected violent crime - also a murder - in 2018 also occurred on January 3. In 2016, the first murder occurred on January 4.

Police were called to the 3600 block of Schofield on Wednesday morning to investigate a car with a shattered rear window and a dead body in the passenger's seat. The person in the passenger's seat apparently died by violent means, but police did not disclose the nature of the violence. Police were also not willing to speculate about what shattered the car's rear window. One officer said that the vehicle may have been damaged in an earlier accident. Police also theorized that the murderous act occurred at another location and the car was then brought to the location where it was found. The victim was identified as a 27-year-old male.

Traffic stop leads to drug and gun charges

Traffic stops often lead to allegations of far more serious crimes. A man and a woman from Indiana learned that lesson when they were stopped by police for failing to obey a stop sign. A search of their car by a K-9 unit of the state police resulted in the pair being arrested and charged with several gun and drug crimes.

According to the press release issued by the Indiana state police, a trooper noticed a 1998 Mercedes as it failed to obey a stop sign. The officer noticed unspecified "suspicious circumstances" that led him to request a K-9 unit to aid in the search of the vehicle.

Car repair may have become car theft

When people in Indianapolis choose mechanics to repair their cars, the one quality they place above all others is trust. "I use him as a mechanic because I know I can trust him" is a familiar refrain. Unfortunately for a woman on the east side of town, her trust of a mechanic turned into regret - and possible criminal charges against the trusted mechanic.

The woman took the car that she had given to her daughter to a repair shop on the East Side. She had used the shop in the past and felt that it could be trusted. She dropped off the car and assumed that it would be ready in a few days. When those days became a month without the car, the woman stopped by the repair shop for a first hand report on the car. She found that all of the auto repair equipment had been removed from the shop and that the shop was locked up. The car was nowhere in sight.

I was charged with drug possession! Now what?

Are you an Indiana resident facing a drug charge? Are you a visitor to the state charged with drug possession? In either case, you have the right to defend yourself in criminal court.

Prosecuting attorneys do not treat drug charges such as possession lightly. They will do everything possible to ensure you are punished to the fullest extent of the law. To do this, though, they first have to prove their case against you beyond a reasonable doubt in court. How do they do this?

Doctor's alleged murder spawns widespread criminal investigation

A daylight burglary that turned into a possible murder has sparked a widespread criminal investigation by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. A 18-year-old male and a male juvenile have been arrested in the case, but police say they are looking for more suspects. The case may involve a number of violent crimes, including robbery and burglary.

The case began when police responded to a 911 call regarding a home in northwest Indianapolis. The call was apparently made by the woman who lived in the house. The woman told police that, when she came home for lunch, she found her husband's body. He apparently died from several gunshot wounds. Police believe that the intruders did not expect to find anyone at home when they broke in.

Diving coach charged with sexual misconduct

The recent wave of sexual harassment charges has sensitized Indiana and the rest of the nation to the frequency of men in positions of power sexually abusing underage girls and women. A case that appears to be typical of this trend allegedly occurred in Arcadia, Indiana, when a diving coach was charged with numerous counts of sex offenses with three underage girls.

The incidents came to light when a student at the private diving camp where the suspect worked said that he had touched her inappropriately during stretching and rubdowns after workouts. The girl was 15 when she accused the diving instructor of touching her genitals during rubdowns and massages. She alleged that the violations happened on more occasions than she could count and that sometimes the contact would be "really bad."

Traffic stop leads to arrest of suspects in Gambino family murder

Routine traffic stops are usually just that - routine. The driver gives his or her driver's license to the officer, the officer checks the computer, and the driver is given a ticket specifying the offense that the officer observed. Occasionally, however, what should be a routine stop quickly morphs into an incident with far broader criminal charges. This phenomenon occurred during a traffic stop in Henry County, just east of Indianapolis, in early September.

On Sept. 6, 2017, a member of the Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement team pulled over an eastbound vehicle on Interstate 70 east of Indianapolis. The officer intended to charge the driver with following too closely and having paint on his license plate. According to the police, the driver sped away from the scene when the officer asked him to step out of the vehicle. Police say that a high-speed chase then ensued along Interstate 170 and State Road 3. On several occasions during the chase, the driver allegedly attempted to purposely cause a crash with the pursuing officer. The driver was finally arrested when he attempted to hide in a Walmart supercenter. Also arrested was the driver's brother. A search of the vehicle allegedly turned up heroin, pills, and pain strips. The brothers were charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors.

Flood of drug cases slows work at Indiana crime labs

Virtually every law enforcement agency in Indiana relies on crime laboratories to help it do its work. Unlike their portrayal in several popular television shows, however, local crime labs do not spend most of their time finding obscure clues or identifying rare drugs and other chemicals. Instead, Indiana crime labs devote a majority of their time to the mundane but vital task of identifying substances seized by police at crime scenes.

Whenever an Indiana law enforcement agency confiscates what are believed to be narcotics or prescription drugs, the substance is sent to a crime laboratory for a definitive identification. The Indiana State Police operates four crime labs that do this work, and these labs provide services for 92 of the state's 92 counties. Marion County and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police jointly operate a single laboratory. The labs are equipped to test for nearly every type of illicit drug. Marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin are drugs most frequently submitted for testing.

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