Five arrested on Meth charges in Clarksville

Posted: 2nd October 2012 by Doc in Uncategorized
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CPD chief: Police have responded to 272 calls at motel in past year

CLARKSVILLE — Five people were arrested at America’s Best Inn in Clarksville on what was initially believed to be a party involving underage drinking.

According to a Clarksville Police Department press release, three men and two women were arrested at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning after officers received an anonymous tip about a possible party. But when officers arrived, they found several containers of methamphetamine, two handguns and a large amount of drug paraphernalia.

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Dorton, Emily

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Hartlerode, Dale


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Hartlerode, Jakob

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Knight, Lerissa


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Presley, Andrew

Clarksville Police Chief Mark Palmer said there were numerous alcohol containers in view along with drug paraphernalia. That allowed officers to enter the room and make arrests.

Emily Dorton, 20, of Elizabeth, Dale Hartlerode, 26, and Jacob Hartlerode, 24, both of Depauw, Lerissa Knight, 19, of Marengo, and Andrew Presley, 25, of Corydon, were all arrested and charged with maintaining or visiting a common nuisance.

In addition, when police entered the room at America’s Best Inn, Jacob Hartlerode was hiding in the bathroom where he allegedly attempted to flush a plastic bag, Palmer said. Officers were able to recover the bag, which tested positive for methamphetamine.

Jacob Hartlerode and Presley were both charged with possession of methamphetamine. Dale Hartlerode was charged with possession of two firearms, a .38 special revolver and a .45 Taurus handgun.

All five individuals were booked into the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex in Jeffersonville.

Palmer said Clarksville has seen an increased number of drug arrests due to increased patrols and following increased training for police officers.

“It’s really paid off,” he said.

He added a large number of arrests also have occurred in Clarksville as people are coming to the area because they’re so close to conveniences.

Palmer said Clarksville Police have responded to 272 reports at America’s Best Inn since the beginning of October last year.

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