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 Knightstown Police Catch Local Man with Heroin and Hypodermic Needles

October 22, 2008 - The Knightstown police department may have fired its first shot in the local war on illegal drugs after one of its officers arrested a local man for allegedly possessing heroin, Xanax pills and four hypodermic needles.

KPD officer Derek Hall arrested Joshua S. Manning, 23, Knightstown, and Joseph L. Borden, 29, Dunreith, last Wednesday following a dramatic showdown between South Washington and South Adams Streets.

Manning has been charged with two D felony counts of possession of a controlled substance (heroin), one Class A misdemeanor count of possession of paraphernalia (needles), and one D felony count of maintaining a common nuisance.

Borden was arrested on a failure to appear warrant from Hendricks County.

According to the police report provided by the KPD, Hall was traveling north on South Washington St. when he observed the two men in a truck traveling in the opposite direction. Hall said neither man was wearing a seat belt. He said he turned his police cruiser around and the truck made an abrupt left-hand turn, the wrong direction, onto the portion of South Adams St. that is a one-way.

Hall said he stopped the vehicle in an alley when the two men exited the vehicle and attempt to flee into the back of a building that faces Washington Street. After Hall ordered the men to stop fleeing and return to their vehicle, one of the individuals began reaching for something inside his pants, according to the police report.

Hall said for his own safety he drew his revolver and ordered both men to the ground. Hall said Manning complied, but Borden attempted to stuff a white paper bag behind the cushion of a couch outside of the building. Borden then went to the ground, Hall said.

Hall handcuffed both subjects and called for backup. According to the report, Hall then retrieved the white bag from the couch, and found four hypodermic needles inside. Hall said he placed Borden inside the police car and upon returning to Manning, observed him attempting to discard a baggie, which the report said was later determined to be holding five Xanax pills and four individual packs of heroin.

Deputy Adam Bradley of the Henry County Sheriff’s Dept. and Indiana State Police Trooper Tyler Painter arrived on the scene, and Manning was placed in Bradley’s squad car.

Hall then returned to his cruiser, where the KPD K-9 “Buddy” was waiting. Hall said his drug dog “hit” on the substances in the baggie, indicating they were illegal drugs.

Shirley Police Chief Mike Harrison arrived on the scene and field tested the powder, determining the contents to be heroin, the report said.

Hall said Monday afternoon that he kept Buddy in the police car until he had the situation under control. The KPD K-9 is a single-purpose dog that is used to find drugs and explosives, among other things. Dual-purpose dogs are also attack dogs, so for Buddy’s safety, he was left inside the car until the situation was deemed safe.

Hall said this is the first heroin bust he has made in Knightstown, but he anticipates there will be more to come.

“It’s a very real threat in our community and we’re going to do everything we can to get rid of it,” Hall said. “We appreciate the support from the community and we very much appreciate the fact that our town board and police chief are behind us 110 percent in fighting this war.”

Hall admitted that luck played a major role in the arrest.

“I noticed that they weren’t wearing seat belts,” Hall said. “That doesn’t necessarily mean I would have pulled them over. But then they bolted down that one-way the wrong way, and well, that wasn’t a good move on their part.”

As of Tuesday morning, Manning was still being held in the Henry County jail. Additional charges may be pending against one or both of the men, Hall said.


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