Overdose leads to drug charges

GREENFIELD — An overdose in a Greenfield motel led police to the arrest of a man and woman, each accused of several drug-related felonies.

Police were called to the Greenfield Super 8, 2100 N. State St., on Tuesday morning on reports of man overdosing on drugs in one of the motel rooms, officials said.

Crystal Lee, 26, 824 Oakdale Drive, Anderson, called 911 and told local dispatchers her friend, Grant Hoefener, 31, 6310 E. Thompson Road, Indianapolis, was unresponsive and turning blue.

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First-responders arrived at the scene and administered aid to Hoefener. He was transported to Hancock Regional for further treatment, and he was eventually released.

But investigators found the room Lee and Hoefener were sharing was littered with illegal drugs and paraphernalia, police said.

Officers found marijuana, cocaine, LSD, methamphetamine and an assortment of prescription pills inside the motel room, investigators said. Officers also found drug paraphernalia, cash and a pistol, leading them to believe Hoefener might have been selling illegal substances prior to his overdose, police said.

After Hoefener was released from the hospital, he and Lee were arrested and booked into the Hancock County Jail. Each is accused of a series of drug-related felonies, according to police.

Hoefener is preliminarily charged with: dealing methamphetamine as a Level 2 felony; possession of methamphetamine as a Level 3 felony; possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon as a Level 4 felony; possession of a narcotic drug as a Level 5 felony; possession of a controlled substance as a Level 6 felony; possession of a controlled substance as a Level 6 felony; possession of a controlled substance as a Level 6 felony; and maintaining a common nuisance as a Level 6 felony.

He also faces misdemeanor charges of possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and dealing marijuana.

Lee is preliminarily charged with: possession of methamphetamine as a Level 3 felony; possession of narcotic drugs as a Level 6 felony; possession of narcotic drugs as a Level 6 felony; and maintaining a common nuisance as a Level 6 felony.

She also faces misdemeanor charges of possession of paraphernalia and possession of various controlled substances.

At press time, the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office was still mulling the official charges Hoefener and Lee will face. Both defendants were being held in the Hancock County Jail without bond, awaiting their first court appearance.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.