Meth Dealing Results in Two Arrests

(BEDFORD) – The Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section arrested two people Tuesday night on charges of dealing meth.

Heather Blessing

Police arrested 34-year-old Heather Blessing, of Ellettsville and 39-year-old Eric Flaherty, who is homeless, on charges of dealing meth, possession of meth, and resisting arrest.

Eric Flaherty

According to a probable cause affidavit, on Tuesday, an undercover ISP trooper received information that Blessing and Flaherty were traveling to Louisville, Kentucky to pick up a large amount of meth.

Police learned Flaherty would be in a white Dodge Durango, The tip also informed the officer that both Blessing and Flaherty were armed and would not stop if police attempted to stop them.

The undercovered officers said he had made two controlled buys from Heather Blessing for more than 10 grams of meth within the last month.

Police learned Flaherty, who is originally from Louisville,  was the “hookup” in Louisville for Blessing to get her meth.

On Tuesday, a trooper spotted Flaherty’s vehicle traveling northbound on State Road 37 from Orleans and attempted to stop the vehicle.

Blessing who was driving accelerated and passed an unmarked ISP vehicle on the right shoulder. 

The vehicle did not stop and approximately one mile north of the location troopers placed stop sticks in the roadway. The vehicle continued north until it came to a stop at State Road 37 and Woodville Road. All four tires were deflated.

Flaherty jumped from the passenger seat of the moving vehicle. Flaherty and was taken into custody. Blessing remained behind the wheel, ran over an embankment and was apprehended by troopers. 

Blessing was  found in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine and a loaded firearm. 

In the seat where Flaherty was sitting, a large amount of a crystal substance was spread across the seat and also on the window seal. There  were also two bags containing a crystal substance on the passenger floorboard. Both found crystal substances field tested positive for methamphetamine, The approximate weight of the purported  methamphetamine loose in the vehicle was 20 grams. The approximate weight of the  methamphetamine in the two bags on the floorboard was 84 grams. 

During the pursuit other baggies were thrown from the window of the vehicle. Troopers located more than 300 grams of meth in a field. Some of the meth was still partially bagged and  some was spread along the roadside.  

The total amount of meth located was approximately 400 grams.  

Both Flaherty and Blessing were arrested. Both refused to cooperate or speak to troopers. Both were transported to the Lawrence County Jail.