The Herald Bulletin

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Cops, courts and fires

May 5, 2014

Four with Madison County connections charged in Indy on drug, gun charges

INDIANAPOLIS — Four people with criminal histories in Madison County now face serious felony gun and drug charges in Marion County after an April incident.

D’Vante Strong, 20; Erica Fuller, 25; Stephon Brockington, 21; and Demetrius Boone, 18, were arrested in the early morning hours of April 19 by Indianapolis police at Rural Street and Massachusetts Avenue on the city’s east side.

A 17-year-old who was with the four was also arrested. An officer stopped a 2004 Cadillac carrying the five people when it nearly hit his police car, according to police reports. Officers said they found marijuana, cocaine, prescription pills, a large amount of cash and firearms in the vehicle.

On Friday, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office released the probable cause affidavit and charging information for the case.

Brockington, Strong and Boone, all of Anderson, were each charged with possession of cocaine with a firearm, possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana. Fuller, who has lived in Anderson but currently has an Indianapolis address, was charged with the same felonies along with an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance. Anti-anxiety pills, called clonazepam, were allegedly found inside a body cavity on Fuller.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the Cadillac, driven by Strong, nearly hit a police cruiser as it ran a red light heading west on Massachusetts. The officer stopped the car and needed to call back-up when Strong got out of the vehicle and attempted to run. All five were taken into custody.

Officers searched the vehicle and found a .40-caliber Glock 23 with a 30-round magazine, a Walter PK .380 semiautomatic handgun, ammunition magazines for both weapons, a bullet-proof vest, nearly a gram of cocaine, 54 grams of marijuana and $6,980 in cash.

According to court records, Boone has no criminal record, but Strong, Brockington and Fuller each possess felony backgrounds. Brockington was awaiting trial on a Class D felony for receiving stolen property in Madison County when he was arrested in Indianapolis. Fuller was awaiting trial on two separate felony driving incidents in Madison County in the past two months.

Strong, who just received a settlement from the city of Anderson in a civil case involving police mistreatment, had recently been released from prison in March after serving a three-year sentence for theft.

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