Ex-Lamasco employee arrested in connection to drug investigation

Ex-Lamasco employee arrested in connection to drug investigation
Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 6:13 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2022 at 8:21 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Another arrest was made in the fallout of the large drug bust involving Lamasco Bar and Grill.

According to an affidavit from the Evansville Police Department, 39-year-old Christopher Palmer was arrested on Wednesday.

Police say while Palmer was an employee at Lamasco, he met on several occasions with Demario Holman, one of the main distributors a part of the drug investigation.

EPD officials say that Lamasco employees and customers would meet with one of the main distributors, who would in turn deliver to other employees, including Palmer.

The affidavit states between February to June, investigators often saw Palmer exit the employee door of Lamasco to meet with others for “short term traffic,” as well as got into his car with others and by himself to snort powdered controlled substances, such as cocaine.

On May 11, police say detectives saw a vehicle leave a home after meeting with Palmer. When detectives conducted a traffic stop, EPD officials say they found cocaine and marijuana inside the vehicle.

One week later, police say they arrested Palmer for possession of methamphetamine, MDMA and marijuana. After Palmer was released from jail, officers say multiple controlled purchases of drugs were arranged with confidential informants.

On Wednesday, Palmer was arrested on a felony warrant, according to the affidavit. While Palmer was taken into custody, police say they found two baggies of a crystalline substance, a baggie of a green leafy substance, as well as two cellphones in his possession.

According to the affidavit, Palmer told investigators he sells various substances to support his drug habit. He also admitted that he quit working at Lamasco due to issues surrounding his drug use.

Palmer is facing several charges, including dealing a Schedule I substance, possession of methamphetamine, as well as possession of marijuana.

He’s currently being held on no bond in the Vanderburgh County Jail.

EPD officers also arrested 42-year-old James “Danny” Garrett on charges of possessing methamphetamine and a hypodermic needle. The arrest affidavit also connected Garrett to the alleged drug activity in and around Lamasco.

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