(NEW ALBANY) – Five people were arrested on drug and warrant charges after an Indiana State trooper observed suspicious activity in a New Albany park.
On Friday, at approximately, 12:43 p.m., Master Trooper Barry Brown and other units from the Sellersburg Post All Crimes Policing (A.C.P.) squad were patrolling in downtown New Albany. While in the area of Anderson Park, Trooper Brown observed suspicious activity between a subject standing in the park and the driver of a gray Pontiac Trans Am.
Trooper Brown approached to investigate as the car began to pull away and the individual walked to a recreational vehicle parked on the property of 305 Cherry Street. Trooper Brown stopped the driver of the Trans Am, 34-year-old Nicholas E. Freiburger, of Depauw and as a result of his investigation, requested the assistance of other units including Trooper Zach Smith and his assigned K9, Riggs.
Riggs alerted on the vehicle and Trooper Smith located meth and drug paraphernalia in the car, and a loaded handgun on Freiburger, who did not have a permit to carry a firearm.
Trooper Brandon Farias and Probationary Trooper Jared Ferguson then assisted Brown as he continued his investigation with the individual who had walked to the motorhome, which was also occupied by others.
Master Trooper Brown gained consent for a search of the motorhome, and as a result of the investigation, the following were arrested:
Nicholas E. Freiburger was arrested on Level 5 felony charge of possession of meth and a Level A misdemeanor charge of possession of a handgun without a permit.
Ethan M. Haycraft, 28, and Candice Sexton, 31, both of New Albany, are facing felony charges of possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of heroin, dealing in heroin and misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Haycraft was also arrested on outstanding warrants for battery and unlawful possession of a syringe.
Sexton was also arrested for two outstanding warrants for theft.
Richard C. Napier, 28, of New Albany, is facing charges of maintaining and a warrant for failure to appear on a charge of theft.
Tabatha Boaz, 33, of Depauw, is facing a felony charge of possession of meth and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.