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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Four people were arrested at a massage parlor Thursday night as police conducted a narcotics investigation.
According to arrest reports, the incidents took place shortly after 8 p.m. on June 5 at Healing Gardens, a massage parlor on Preston Highway, near the interchange between the Watterson Expressway and I-65.
Just before 7:30, police say they were executing a search warrant at that location, when they saw 29-year-old Antwan Hogue walking toward the business. Police say they had seen Hogue engage in drug trafficking there in the past.
When officers stopped Hogue and tried to question him, he allegedly ran away, attempting to dispose of a large bag of heroin in a nearby drainage grate. Officers say they recovered the large bag, along with another large baggie that was beside Hogue.
Hogue was arrested and charged with -- among other things -- trafficking in a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence.
Police say they also arrested Hogue's accomplice, 27-year-old Amber Richardson, who was driving a vehicle nearby. She was allegedly found with two baggies of heroin and a small amount of marijuana.
Both Hogue and Richardson were the targets of the investigation, according to police, which involved the massage parlor. Police say they also searched the home of Richardson and Hogue, where they allegedly found more than one ounce of powdered cocaine, eight grams of crack cocaine, and a small amount of heroin packaged for sale. Officers also allegedly found a loaded handgun along with several boxes of ammunition and extended magazines.
They weren't the only arrests officers say they made Thursday night.
Police say they were still searching Healing Gardens, when a 2001 white Nissan Pathfinder -- driven by 32-year-old Jacqulyn M. Neel -- pulled into the rear lot. Damon Flener, age 30, was a passenger in that vehicle, according to an arrest report, and immediately jumped out of the car, throwing a syringe loaded with heroin under the vehicle.
Officers apprehended Flener and then proceeded to search the vehicle, where they allegedly found "numerous items of drug paraphernalia," including a spoon, cotton and a small bag containing heroin residue.
Police say Neel was employed at Healing Gardens, and that she told them she gives "light touch massages," but officers say she could not produce a valid massage license, as is required by law.
Both Neel and Flener were charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Flener was also charged with tampering with physical evidence. Neel was also charged with operating a motor vehicle on a suspended or revoked operator's license and practicing massage therapy without a license.