crime & courts

Syringe leads to drug dealing arrest

A stray syringe led to the arrest Monday morning of a Bloomington man on several drug dealing charges, including three stemming from a warrant.

Robert Rogers Jr., 26, is charged with a total of four counts of dealing in a narcotic drug, all of which are felonies.

Police responded at about 10:35 p.m. Sunday to the Arch Bloomington apartments on the 700 block of West Gourley Pike after a resident complained of a syringe left outside an apartment door, Bloomington Police Department Capt. Steve Kellams said.

By the time police arrived, a neighbor had disposed of the syringe, Kellams said.

Officers knocked on the door where the syringe had been left, and after some time, a man answered the door and identified himself as Eric Shaw. He told 
police he was surprised drug paraphernalia had been outside his door.

Police ran Shaw’s name and found it had been used as an alias by Rogers. A warrant issued in November called for Rogers’ arrest on three counts of narcotics dealing from last August and October.

Rogers was arrested on the warrant. Police searched his apartment and found a white, powdery substance consistent with heroin, as well as scales, syringes and a spoon with drug residue.

Rogers admitted to possession of the heroin, Kellams said. He was taken to Monroe County Correctional Center, where he’s held on $20,000 bond.

A woman who was at the apartment, 21-year-old Taylor Fife of Unionville, Indiana, was also arrested after she gave police a false name.

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