Police: Heroin, cocaine found in car with child

A young child was inside a vehicle where heroin and cocaine were found during an early Sunday traffic stop on Interstate 65.

The southbound vehicle was pulled over shortly after 3 a.m. near the State Road 46 interchange after a computer check showed the vehicle’s owner had a suspended driver’s license, according to the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

After confirming the suspended driver was behind the wheel, Deputy Leah Burton saw Rachael Gray, 33, of Atlanta, Georgia, sitting next to the child in the back seat, according to a news release from the department.

After Burton saw a syringe in the front passenger area, a search was made that uncovered heroin in Gray’s possession, as well as cocaine hidden below the passenger seat, the release stated.

Gray was arrested on charges of possession of heroin, possession of cocaine and possession of paraphernalia. She was released from the Bartholomew County Jail on a $17,500 bond. The child — whose age, gender and relationship with the adults have not been released — was turned over to the care of the Department of Child Services, the release stated.

While the driver, identified as Ronald Shlyapochnikby, 35, also of Atlanta, was not taken into custody, he was issued a ticket for driving while suspended.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.