Two arrested on drug charges

Calls from concerned residents about suspected drug activity at a Franklin home led to a police investigation and two people being arrested on multiple drug charges.

Two young children, heroin, needles and methamphetamine were found in the home on Dowden Drive in the Northpointe subdivision when police searched it earlier this week, according to a Franklin police report. Child Protective Services was called.

Alicia L. Caplinger, 22, and Paul T. Fletcher, 29, both of 3058 Dowden Drive, were arrested on charges of possession of heroin, paraphernalia and syringes and maintaining a common nuisance.

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Caplinger was also arrested on a charge of possession of methamphetamine and two charges of neglect of a dependent.

Franklin police had been receiving calls from concerned residents about traffic and suspected drug activity at the home on the north side of the city and started an investigation. A judge agreed to a search warrant.

Inside the home, police found another resident who was not arrested, Caplinger, Fletcher, a 4-year-old boy, a 2-year-old girl, heroin, loaded syringes, methamphetamine, additional syringes, digital scales and spoons that had been burned, the report said. The children were living in the home, the report said.

Caplinger told police that she and Fletcher inject drugs and that she is addicted to heroin, the report said.

Police also collected a bag of pills, other vials of liquid and syringes to be tested by Indiana State Police. The investigation is ongoing, the report said.

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Michele Holtkamp is editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2774.