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Clark County

November 8, 2013

Small children, loaded guns, drugs found together during Clarksville bust

Six adults, one juvenile arrested by Clarksville police

CLARKSVILLE — When police executed a search warrant at a Clarksville home Thursday, they found two small children in a room that contained loaded guns, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to a Clarksville Police Department incident report.

Six adults and one minor were arrested on charges ranging from felony drug dealing and possession to neglect of a dependent after police searched a home on the 400 block of West Harrison Avenue.

“Basically, we’ve had some problems with this residence, and we’ve known just through some leads and basically a lot of neighbor complaints that there was a lot of possible drug activity going on in there,” said CPD Detective Sgt. Joel DeMoss. “We also knew that there were four kids that we knew of that were living at that residence. We opened an investigation, and through our investigation we were able to obtain a search warrant.”

The incident report includes descriptions of the home, in which the living conditions are described as “incredibly awful.” Two of the children known to live at the home were staying with a grandparent at the time of the arrests, DeMoss said.

The other two children were found in an upstairs bedroom of the home, playing on a bed where foil and a one-hitter pipe used for smoking drugs were also laying. Several shotguns, all loaded with rounds in the chamber, were laying on the floor in the room, according to the report.

Upon making entry to the home, one of the suspects, Martin Nash, 19, attempted to escape the home through the back door, but was apprehended, according to the report.

In the living room, police found several sharp knives, heroin in a plastic baggie concealed inside a cigarette pack and a loaded .22 rifle with an extended magazine, which was fully loaded with a round in the chamber, according to the report.

The arrested adults are: Stephanie Arnold, 22; Brendon Brewer, 25; Jordan Cantwell, 23; Jeffrey Dean, 24; Brittany Hardin, 25; and Nash. Cantwell, who arrived at the scene after the officers entered the home, is the mother of the two children found inside, according to the report. The children were picked up by a relative, DeMoss said.

“The main goal was the safety of the children. We knew there was four children in that house,” DeMoss said. “We had heard that they were shooting up heroin in front of the children. We had been at that residence a couple other times on different calls, and we knew — we didn’t have nothing at that time as far as drug-related issues, but we knew that the living conditions there were maybe not the best for the children.”

Brewer, Cantwell, Dean and Hardin all reside at the home, according to a book-in sheet from the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex.

Nash has been preliminarily charged with possession of heroin, possession of a needle or syringe, possession of marijuana/hash and maintaining a common nuisance, all class D felonies; resisting law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor; and neglect of a dependent, for which the criminal classification was not listed. Nash also had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear.

Dean has been preliminarily charged with possession of cocaine or narcotics, a class B felony; violation of the Legend Drug Act and maintaining a common nuisance, class D felonies; possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor; and neglect of a dependent.

Hardin has been preliminarily charged with dealing cocaine or narcotics, a class A felony; possession of cocaine, a class B felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a class D felony; and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Cantwell is charged with possession of cocaine or narcotics, a class B felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a class D felony; possession of marijuana/hash, a class A misdemeanor, and neglect of a dependent.

Brewer is charged with possession of heroin and maintaining a common nuisance, both class D felonies; and neglect of a dependent.

Arnold is charged with possession of heroin, a class D felony; possession of marijuana/hash, a class A misdemeanor; and visiting a common nuisance, a class B misdemeanor.

“We knew that they were not really big-time dealers,” DeMoss said. “Basically, they’re drug addicts and making a little money off what they were buying, selling it to other people so they could turn back around and buy some more heroin.”

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