Heltonville man arrested on drug charges after being stopped for an expired license plate

BEDFORD – A Heltonville man was arrested Friday after a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputy stopped his vehicle on State Road 58 East and Shandell Drive for an expired license plate.

The driver pulled over in the parking lot of Priceless IGA on N Street.

Chase Allen

The driver 26-year-old Chase Allen told the deputy he knew his plates were expired but just hadn’t had the money to renew them. 

The deputy said Allen appeared nervous and the officer asked to search the vehicle. Allen said 

“I don’t know why you would need to search the vehicle”.

Allen then handed the deputy a baggy containing marijuana. 

During a search of the vehicle, the deputy found a second baggie of marijuana in the center console and in a cigarette pack found a baggie containing cocaine.

Allen was arrested on charges of possession of a narcotic drug and possession of marijuana.

If you know something, say something. Send an email to drugactivity@lawrencecounty.in.gov or call Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office tip line at 812-545-4700. All calls are confidential.