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Drug bust in Bloomington home leads to five arrests Monday, Tuesday



Indiana State Police made several drug-related arrests Monday after officers searched a Bloomington home, according to a press release from the Indiana State Police Department. 

An investigation led the ISP Drug Enforcement Section to a home on the 4500 block of Old State Road 37 South, where officers believed 31-year-old Robert Merek was dealing methamphetamine.

Officers reported that Merek jumped out of a bedroom window and fled when they arrived. They arrested him after a short foot pursuit.

A search of the home revealed 35 grams of methamphetamine and a firearm, as well as heroin, hypodermic syringes, marijuana and multiple controlled substance pills, according to the release.

Robert Merek and the other resident, Hayley Sipes, 23, were both arrested on preliminary charges of multiple drug offenses, including dealing methamphetamine, according to the release.

Sipes was reportedly trying to smuggle narcotic pills into the jail by hiding them in her bra, according to jail officers' statements in the release.

Continued surveillance of the house led officers to find three more suspected drug dealers entering the residence Tuesday.

Detectives reported finding Jerrel Lane, a 26-year-old Detroit resident, with 28 grams of heroin and more than 200 narcotic drug pills packaged for sale.

Elijah Bowles, a 21-year-old Martinsville, Indiana resident, was also arrested for allegedly carrying a handgun without a license.

When taken to jail, Bowles was reported for trying to smuggle nine grams of methamphetamine into the jail in his underwear, according to the jail officers' statements in the release.

Police said Hali Bales, a 23-year-old Mooresville, Indiana resident, who was also found at the residence, was arrested on multiple warrants, including aggravated battery and battery by means of deadly weapon. Officers said Bales also tried to give them a false name.

The Charges:

Robert Merek was arrested on preliminary charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of a syringe, resisting law enforcement and possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Hayley Sipes was arrested on preliminary charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of a syringe, trafficking with an inmate, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Hali Bales was arrested on preliminary charges of aggravated battery, battery resulting in serious injury, battery by means of a deadly weapon, false informing, false identity statement and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.

Elijah Bowles was arrested on preliminary charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, trafficking with an inmate and possession of a handgun without a license.

Jerrel Lane was arrested on preliminary charges of dealing heroin, possession of heroin, dealing a narcotic drug, possession of a narcotic drug and maintaining a common nuisance.

The investigation is ongoing.

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