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Hotel drug ring uncovered after fire alarm brings police to suspects’ room, prosecutor says

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GREENDALE, Ind. (FOX19) - Five people are now facing drug charges after a fire alarm led to the discovery of a drug ring at the Baymont Inn on East Eads Parkway in Greendale, Indiana.

Alarms went off in the early morning hours of May 4 and the issue was pinpointed to room 318, according to the Dearborn County Prosecutor Lynn Deddens.

Deddens says the room was registered to Daniel Widener and narcotics were in plain sight for the Greendale fire chief to see.

Room 318 at the Baymont Inn was registered to Widener, the prosecutor says.
Room 318 at the Baymont Inn was registered to Widener, the prosecutor says.(WXIX)

Prosecutor Deddens says Chas Brashears, Timothy Fluegeman and Destiny Billingsley were talking with the fire chief when the assistant fire chief got to the room.

Brashears is also facing two counts of battery on a public safety official after resisting...
Brashears is also facing two counts of battery on a public safety official after resisting arrest, according to the prosecutor.(WXIX)

Xanax, syringes, powder substance believed to heroin, syringes, glass pipes and a more than a pound of marijuana were all found inside the room, according to Deddens.

“This case began as a possible fire, but quickly turned to a drug crime investigation when multiple drugs and paraphernalia were found in the hotel room in plain view,” Deddens explained.

Deddens says it was discovered that the hotel manager Ron Burton would bring people to the rooms of Brashears and Widener to buy drugs.

Burton, the hotel manager, would bring people up to Brashears; or Widener's room to buy drugs,...
Burton, the hotel manager, would bring people up to Brashears; or Widener's room to buy drugs, the prosecutor says.(WXIX)

Burton, Brashears, Billingsley, Fluegeman and Widener were all arrested on numerous misdemeanor and felony drug charges.

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