Multi-Agency Effort Leads To Arrests Of Two Men In Bedford

(BEDFORD) – On Monday, the Indiana State Police Bloomington District ACES (Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Section) and Drug Enforcement Detectives continued an on-going investigation into locating 36-year-old Demetrious Coleman, of Evansville.

Demetrious Coleman

Coleman was wanted on several felony warrants in Lawrence County for dealing meth, possession of meth, two felony counts of carrying a handgun without a License with a prior conviction, possession of a legend drug, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.

Troopers found that Coleman had been evading arrest by moving around several cities and towns in Southern Indiana.

According to investigators Coleman was in Lawrence County and ISP Troopers were able to determine that Coleman was staying at a residence in the 300 block of Heltonville Road. Investigators said Coleman was allegedly dealing meth while in Bedford.

A Lawrence County search warrant was granted for the home.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Greg Day, DES Detectives, Troopers Chance Humphrey and Cody Brown, Bedford Police Officers Chase Hamilton and Toby Gerkin, and Officer Shaun Cabral of the Lawrence County Highway Interdiction Team executed the search warrant early this morning.

Austin Perry

Police found several people in the home. Coleman was reportedly found destroying suspected meth in the home’s bathroom, while a resident of the home, 35-year-old Austin R. Perry, attempted to run out the back door. Perry was quickly apprehended.

During a search of the home officers found meth, drug paraphernalia, and marijuana.

Coleman was arrested on outstanding warrants, along with new felony offenses of dealing meth, obstruction of justice, maintaining a common nuisance, and possession of meth. 

Both were incarcerated at the Lawrence County Jail. The other visitors at the residence were not arrested.