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Clark County

April 9, 2013

Domestic disturbance leads to drug arrests in Clarksville

Man, woman arrested at America’s Best Inn

CLARKSVILLE — A domestic disturbance call to America’s Best Inn & Suites in Clarksville led to the arrests of two people for possession of drugs.

According to the Clarksville Police Department, when officers arrived at the motel, they interviewed Charles L. Dunford, 47, who told them that he was involved in an argument with a woman, but she had already left the area. According to the police report, while Dunford was being questioned he was “extremely nervous and fidgeting.”

Dunford admitted that he had a bag of psychedelic mushrooms in his pocket. A search of the room also turned up less than a gram of methamphetamine, marijuana and paraphernalia with residue inside, according to the report.

As Dunford was being questioned, he said the person involved in the domestic disturbance, Janele S. Elrod, 40, had just left the area and that she also had drugs on her person. Police were able to locate Elrod sitting on the other side of the building.

While getting a statement from Elrod, she said that the argument started because Dunford was complaining about her stealing his dope, according to the report. She also told officers at that time that there were likely drugs in the motel room.

Elrod admitted to having marijuana in her shirt and handed it over to police. When officers searched her purse, they also discovered a Pristiq pill. Elrod told police the pill was for her nephew’s Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Both suspects were transported to the Michael L. Becher Clark County Adult Correctional Complex in Jeffersonville and booked into jail.

During a search of Elrod by a female officer at the jail, a small clear bag with a substance believed to be methamphetamine was discovered. A positive test confirmed it was methamphetamine.

Elrod was preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine, a class A felony; trafficking with an inmate or child, a class C felony; possession of a controlled substance and violation of the Legend Drug Act, both class D felonies; and possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor.

Dunford was preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine, a class A felony; possession of cocaine/narcotics, a class D felony; and possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, class A misdemeanors.

Both are set to appear in Clark County Circuit Court No. 2 to face the alleged charges, but no date has been set as of press time.

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