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April 4, 2014

Drug task force arrests five in separate meth, heroin busts

ANDERSON — Two men and a woman face heroin sale and possession charges after police broke up a suspected drug deal in a grocery store parking lot Thursday night.

Charles Jason Beckham, 42, of Chesterfield, Scott Sailor, 23, of Noblesville, and Vanessa Rauch, 25, of Anderson were all taken into custody following the bust, which happened at about 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Pay Less in the 3000 block of Meridian Street.

All three face Class D felonies of possession of heroin and possession of a syringe, and Beckham and Sailor face additional Class B felony dealing charges.

According to a probable cause affidavit, drug task force detectives who had been tracking Beckham tracked his Toyota Echo to the parking lot, where Rauch was waiting. Sailor was identified as a passenger in the car. Officers watched an exchange happen, then stopped the three for questioning.

As police questioned the three, they found aluminum foil, cut-off can lids and a belt tied in a knot in the car. All are indications of heroin use. Officers also found loaded syringes on Rauch and Sailor.

According to the affidavit, Beckham admitted he was selling the drugs. He told police he had received a text message from Rauch earlier in the day requesting a $20 pack of heroin. He reportedly admitted to several other sales earlier in the day. Sailor also admitted he had sold heroin before. Rauch said she was using the belt to tie off her arm just before the officers stopped them.

According to public records, Beckham was convicted of a felony battery in 2009. In 2013, Rauch pleaded guilty to battery for attacking a pregnant woman in a 2012 incident, and is still on probation. Sailor has a previous conviction of fraud for an incident in 2010, and has violated probation more than once since. He's also awaiting trial on a conversion misdemeanor charge from March 8.

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