ISP investigation leads to multiple drug dealing arrests

Thursday, November 30, 2017

According to a press release issued by ISP Public Information Officer Sgt. Curt Durnil, on Nov. 27, detectives with the Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section and troopers with the ISP Bloomington District Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Section (ACES) served a search warrant in the 4500 block of Old SR 37 South in Bloomington.

The search warrant was obtained after an investigation of alleged drug dealing activities at the residence. Information led detectives to believe that Robert Merek, 31 of Bloomington, who was currently on home detention monitoring by the Monroe County Probation Department, was dealing methamphetamine.

Once ISP troopers arrived at the residence, Merek jumped out of a bedroom window and began to flee. Troopers apprehended him after a short foot pursuit. The search of the residence revealed 35 grams of methamphetamine and a firearm. In addition, troopers recovered heroin, hypodermic syringes, marijuana, and multiple controlled substance pills.

The residents of the address, Merek and Hayley Sipes, 23 of Bloomington, were both arrested on multiple drug related offenses including Level 2 felony dealing methamphetamine charges. Upon arrival at the jail, Sipes was found by jail officers attempting to smuggle multiple narcotic pills into the jail by hiding them in her bra.

The ISP continued with the investigation, and on Nov. 28, DES detectives observed multiple suspected drug dealers arrive at the same residence. ISP, DES and ACES contact with these suspects resulted in officers locating 28 grams of heroin in the possession of Jerrel Lane, 26 of Detroit, Mich.

Lane also possessed over 200 narcotic drug pills, which were packaged for sale. In addition, Elijah Bowles, 21 of Martinsville, was found to be in possession of a handgun without a license. Hali Bales, 23 of Mooresville, who originally gave officers a false name and identifying information, was positively identified and found to be wanted on multiple felony arrest warrants including aggravated battery posing a substantial risk of death and battery by means of a deadly weapon.

Elijah Bowles was found by jail officers attempting to smuggle approximately 9 grams of methamphetamine into the jail by concealing it in his underwear.

This investigation is ongoing. Troopers involved in the investigation and arrests were DES Detectives, along with Troopers Chris Griggs, Matt Hatchett, Riley Nungester, Mark Clephane, and Greg Day.

The names of those arrested and their charges are:

Robert Merek, 31 of Bloomington:

Dealing methamphetamine, level 2 felony; possession of methamphetamine, level 4 felony; maintaining a common nuisance, level 6 felony; possession of a narcotic drug, level 6 felony (four counts); possession of a syringe, level 6 felony; resisting law enforcement, class A misdemeanor; possession of marijuana, class B misdemeanor; possession of paraphernalia, class C misdemeanor.

Hayley Sipes, 23 of Bloomington (no photo available):

Dealing methamphetamine, level 2 felony; possession of methamphetamine, level 4 felony; maintaining a common nuisance, level 6 felony; possession of a narcotic drug, level 6 felony (four counts); possession of a syringe, level 6 felony; trafficking with an inmate, level 5 felony; possession of marijuana, class B misdemeanor; possession of paraphernalia, class C misdemeanor.

Hali Bales, 23 of Mooresville:

(Warrant Morgan County: aggravated battery use when the assault poses a substantial risk of death, level 3 felony; battery resulting in serious bodily injury, level 5 felony; battery by means of a deadly weapon, level 5 felony; criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon, level 6 felony); false informing, class A misdemeanor; false identity statement, level 6 felony.

Elijah N. Bowles, 21 of Martinsville:

Dealing methamphetamine, level 2 felony; possession of methamphetamine, level 4 felony; trafficking with an inmate, level 5 felony; possession of a handgun without a license, class A misdemeanor.

Jerrel R. Lane, 26 of Detroit, Mich.:

Dealing heroin, level 2 felony; possession of heroin, level 4 felony; dealing a narcotic drug, level 6 felony (three counts); possession of a narcotic drug, level 6 felony (three counts); maintaining a common nuisance, level 6 felony.

Anyone with illegal drug information is encouraged to contact the Bloomington Indiana State Police Post at 812-332-4411. Your tip can remain anonymous and could save lives.

Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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  • Job well done by state police , good to see multiple drug arrests on one case .

    -- Posted by kerryjonglaser on Sat, Dec 2, 2017, at 2:38 PM
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