BREAKING NEWS: Multiple Arrests in Ongoing Narcotics Investigation


EPD: News Release 


Multiple Arrests in Ongoing Narcotics Investigation


On July 30th, around midnight, detectives with the Vanderburgh County Joint Drug Task Force (JTF) were conducting a detail along the Franklin Street corridor. The Joint Drug Task Force has been conducting an ongoing investigation into the trafficking and consumption of illegal narcotics along the Franklin Street corridor after receiving numerous tips from WeTip.

During the detail, detectives witnessed hand-to-hand transactions on Lamasco Bar & Grill parking lot between individuals that were under investigation by the JTF. These hand-to-hand transactions were consistent with dealing with controlled substances. The JTF made several traffic stops on those individuals as they left Lamasco Bar & Grill after traffic infractions were observed.

During the first traffic stop at approximately 1:30 a.m., detectives located about 8 grams of Cocaine that also field tested positive for Fentanyl. Aaron Funkhouser and Steven C. Driesbach were inside that vehicle and are being charged with Dealing Cocaine/Fentanyl. A short time later, a traffic stop was made on Demario Holman. Holman was taken into custody for Dealing Cocaine. At that time, detectives applied for search warrants for Holman’s vehicle and apartment.

Once the search warrants were granted by a judge, detectives located over $22,000 in cash, over a pound of Cocaine, a pound of Marijuana, and 5 firearms including an AR-15 rifle. Holman’s girlfriend, Hayden Current, was at the apartment during the search and was taken into custody and also charged with Dealing Cocaine.

During a later traffic stop at around 4:30 a.m., detectives stopped Zachary Clark. Detectives noticed a strong smell of Marijuana coming from the vehicle. The vehicle belonged to Amy Word, who was in the passenger seat. Word is also the owner of Lamasco Bar and Grill. Clark was in possession of Marijuana and Cocaine for which he was arrested. Word was placed under arrest and charged with Maintaining a Common Nuisance.

This has been a lengthy investigation by the JTF. During the course of the investigation, detectives developed information that Damario Holman was trafficking large quantities of illegal narcotics on Franklin Street. Detectives have learned that Word had knowledge of narcotics activity at her place of business.

On the morning of July 30th, detectives obtained a judicially signed search warrant for Lamasco Bar and Grill in furtherance of their investigation.

During the course of this investigation, a total of 22 arrests have been made. The JTF has seized over 1700 grams of Marijuana, over 100 grams of hallucinogenic drugs, about 10 grams of Meth, over 3 grams of Fentanyl, over 1100 grams of Cocaine, and various other narcotics and pills. Along with the narcotics that have been seized, detectives have also seized over $43,000 and 17 illegal guns.

This is still an active investigation and more arrests are expected. If you have any information regarding this investigation, please contact the Evansville Police Detective Office (812) 436-7979 or the tip line (812) 435-6194. This is a developing story.

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  1. This is very specific about what drugs were found on the individuals arrested, but what was found in the Lamasco Bar and Grill?

  2. Why has there been minimal coverage on EVSC Board member Amy Word and the call for her to resign. Our children do not need a role model such as Amy Word. Bob Gooch

  3. When the individuals were arrested over the weekend they were under no bond. How can they receive a bond without going to court?

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