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5 arrested at Country Hearth Hotel

June 1, 2017 GMT

Five people were arrested Wednesday night after Fort Wayne police were called to the Country Hearth Hotel in response to drug dealing.

According to police, officers were called to the hotel in the 2900 block of Goshen Road at 9:44 p.m. in reference to someone with a warrant dealing drugs. In the hotel room, officers found 3.1 grams of heroin, 1.5 grams of crack cocaine, more than 200 grams of synthetic marijuana and 18 methadone pills.

Police believe Errick Benson was distributing crack cocaine from the hotel room, according to a news release.

Benson was charged with three felonies, including dealing cocaine or narcotic drug, possession of cocaine or narcotic drug and dealing a synthetic lookalike. He was also charged with a misdemeanor, visiting a common nuisance.

Four other people were also arrested, including: Aaron Balliet, violation of probation for two counts of welfare fraud (felony warrant) and visiting a common nuisance (misdemeanor); Joseph Elser, possession of cocaine or narcotic drug (felony), possession of a syringe (felony), possession of paraphernalia (misdemeanor) and visiting a common nuisance (misdemeanor); Stepheno Thomas, warrant (failure to pay, 3 counts) and visiting a common nuisance (misdemeanor); and Rhonda Hall, visiting a common nuisance (misdemeanor).