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November 26, 2012

Clarksville police find meth lab in motel room

Three people arrested at Crest Motel

CLARKSVILLE — Clarksville police arrested three people Saturday at Crest Motel, located on U.S. 31, after a working methamphetamine lab was found in the bathtub of their motel room.

All three suspects were preliminarily charged with methamphetamine possession and production.

Police reported receiving a call on its anonymous tip line that methamphetamine was possibly being produced in room 232 of the motel. Officers responded to the room about 10 a.m. and reported seeing smoke coming from the room and an odor consistent with methamphetamine production.

Officers knocked on the door and made contact with Alan R. Luther, 41, of 950 E. Chestnut St. in Jeffersonville. Luther opened the door, and officers reported seeing drug paraphernalia located in the motel room.

Police reported that officers were given consent to enter the room.

Samantha A. Adams, 25, of Clarksville, was found in the main room, and David J. McIntosh, 44, of 10721 Ind. 3 in Marysville, was located in the bathroom.

Officers reported McIntosh was attempting to flush down the toilet smoking pipes and other drug-related articles on their arrival.

A one-pot methamphetamine lab that still had material cooking was found in the bath tub, police reported.

Clarksville Police Maj. Darrell Rayborn said a one-pot lab is typically used to produce only enough methamphetamine for personal consumption. He said that items seized from the room included aluminum foil with methamphetamine residue, a digital scale — also with methamphetamine residue — and a sealed box of Sudafed, an over-the-counter medication often used in methamphetamine production.

Rayborn said the Indiana State Police were called to safely process the one-pot lab.

All three suspects were booked into the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex and preliminarily charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a class A felony; possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony; possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor; and maintaining a common nuisance, a class D felony.

Each of the suspects have previous methamphetamine-related charges.

Luther was charged in June with possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony, and possession of marijuana in a Clark County court.

Luther spent little more than 12 hours in the Clark County jail before a $500 bond was posted for his release. A plea of not guilty was entered by the court in July, and a jury trial in reference to the two charges is slated for Jan. 29, according to court documents.

Adams was charged in May with dealing in methamphetamine, a class A felony; possession of methamphetamine — less than 3 grams within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex, a class B felony; and unlawful possession of a syringe, a class D felony. She was booked into the Clark County jail May 17 and was later released July 10 on medical furlough.

McIntosh was charged in 2005 with possession of methamphetamine, possession of controlled substances, both D felonies; domestic battery, a class A misdemeanor; and habitual substance offender.

He failed to appear for a pretrial conference date, and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

Following his warranted arrest, McIntosh appeared in court and withdrew his previous plea of not guilty and entered guilty pleas to the offenses of possession of methamphetamine and domestic battery.

McIntosh was sentenced to a three-year fixed term of imprisonment with two years suspended upon terms of probation. On the offense of domestic battery, he was sentenced to an additional one-year fixed term in the Indiana Department of Correction.

According to court documents, the three suspects have not been scheduled to appear in court for their initial hearings of their most recent charges as of press time.

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