New Castle News


April 3, 2014

Two in jail after drug raid

NEW CASTLE — Two men are facing drug charges following a raid in New Castle this week.

Police said Tuesday’s raid was the third search warrant served at 610 Raymond St. They added multiple complaints had been received about activity at that lower East Side house on the New Castle police tip line and the Lawrence County drug hotline.

New Castle police charged Christopher Shawn Fulkman, 38, as the resident and owner of the house, and his neighbor, Isaac Anderson, 27, of 606 Raymond St., formerly of Detroit, who were among four people inside when officers arrived.

Members of the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force special investigative unit and members of the New Castle police narcotics bureau and special entry team served the search warrant.

Police said Anderson was in the kitchen when they arrived just after noon and they saw him throw two bags out the window on the door. He then jumped through that window and ran as officers chased him on foot, police said.

Although one officer shot a 40-mm foam baton round that hit him in the back of his right thigh, Anderson continued running before being caught at the intersection of Spruce and Chestnut streets, according to police.

One plastic bag he had thrown out the window contained 30 smaller plastic bags of suspected heroin weighing a total of 5.2 grams, police said, and the other contained 2.3 grams of suspected marijuana. Anderson also had a bag of suspected cocaine in his pocket that weighed 5.7 grams, according to police.

Fulkman and two other people in the house denied seeing any drug activity in the house at any time. Anderson declined to make any statements. A woman and another Detroit man who had been in the house were released.

A dog law officer at the scene said there were 11 pit bulls in the house — seven recently born puppies, two older pups and two adults.

Two of the dogs were given to a neighbor and the rest went to a shelter, the officer said.

Fulkman is charged with possession with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance.

Anderson is charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts each of possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy to commit possession with intent to deliver, and one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and flight to avoid apprehension or trial.

Both were arraigned by District Judge Melissa A. Amodie, who set Anderson’s bond at $150,000 and Fulkman’s at $10,000. Both men are in the Lawrence County jail.

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