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October 2, 2013

Third meth arrest in 2013 for Floyd County woman

46-year-old held on $100K court-cash bond

FLOYD COUNTY — “I’m going to prison for this.”

That’s what Greenville’s Melissa Conley, 46, told police from the backseat of a cruiser Sept. 27 after her third methamphetamine-related arrest in 2013.

Conley also was arrested in April and later charged with two class D felonies, including possession of methamphetamine, and released from the Floyd County Jail four days later, after a $1,000 payment to a $10,000 court-cash bond.

She was arrested in June and spent about two weeks in the jail on the same methamphetamine possession charge, and released after a 10 percent payment of a $7,500 court-cash bond.

Conley is now in the Floyd County Jail under a $100,000 court-cash bond for her most recent arrest.

It came after a Georgetown Police Department officer responded to Conley’s home on St. John’s Road last week for a domestic dispute call. When the officer pulled onto the property, he saw Conley in the backyard tossing unknown items into a fire.

The officer noted in the police report he and a second officer who had arrived to the home could smell a strong odor of chemicals in the area.

Two men were also found outside of the home in a pole barn sitting on an all-terrain vehicle.

One of the men was Conley’s live-in boyfriend, Justin Nelson, 26, who was found with a small black box in a cargo pocket of his shorts. Nelson said the box belonged to him, but when he was asked what was inside the box, he said “he had no clue,” according to the police report. The officer found in the box several plastic bags, which the officer noted were used for drug transactions. The box also had a silver vial in it that contained a plastic bag with a crystal-grain substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Nelson was handcuffed and placed into a patrol car.

“Once at my patrol vehicle, Mr. Nelson advised he did not want to go to jail, and he was not the one who needed to be in hand restraints,” according to the police report. He continued to tell the officer that he was holding the plastic baggies and methamphetamine for Conley. Nelson also told the officer that he had seen an active methamphetamine lab in the home, and if police entered the home, “we would find countless illegal drug materials,” according to the report.

The second man at the home gave similar information that was provided by Nelson.

Police then asked Conley for consent to search her home.

She said that there was only a “meth pipe” on the kitchen table and that she wanted to talk to her lawyer before her home was searched by police. A search warrant was obtained, and Indiana State Police troopers were called to the scene to safely process any discovered methamphetamine materials. After entering the home, a one-pot methamphetamine lab was found and deactivated by the responding troopers.

Conley and Nelson were taken from the home to the Floyd County Jail.

Conley has been charged in Floyd County Superior Court No. 3 with dealing in methamphetamine, a class B felony; possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance, both class D felonies; and possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor. A pretrial conference has been slated for Nov. 27

Nelson faces a class D felony possession of methamphetamine charge, according to online court records.

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Conley was arrested June 14 after she was stopped for driving 44 mph in a 35-mph zone on Georgetown Greenville Road. During the traffic stop by a Floyd County Sheriff’s deputy, she was found driving on a suspended license. During an inventory search by the deputy of the vehicle, which was to be towed from the location, the officer found four glass pipes used for smoking meth and a white powder in a bag. A second bag was found containing snorting straws and several small plastic baggies.

According to the police report, Conley admitted the white powder was methamphetamine.

At the end of the report, the officer noted that Conley was found carrying two condoms filled with urine in her bra during a search at the Floyd County Jail. She told officers that she used the condoms to provide clean urine to her doctor.

“Mrs. Conley also stated that she has an ongoing problem with meth and is on the waiting list for rehab,” according to the report.

She was later charged with class D felony possession of methamphetamine in Floyd County Superior Court No. 3.

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About two months prior, Conley was arrested on methamphetamine-related charges April 6 by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department. The arrest also stemmed from a traffic stop as Conley was found driving a pick-up truck with an expired license plate. The stop was made on U.S. 150.

Police were able to search the vehicle for inventory purposes, as the vehicle was to be towed away.

During the search, the deputy located a glass pipe that contained a residue that later tested positive for methamphetamine, a small bag of methamphetamine, a second container with methamphetamine and several plastic baggies.

Conley was later charged in Floyd County Superior Court No 3 with possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance, both class D felonies, and class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Records show that Conley has a hearing to enter a plea agreement scheduled Dec. 16 for her April arrest, and a change of plea hearing for her June arrest on the same date.

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