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February 6, 2013

Clarksville police make drug arrest during traffic stop

Jeffersonville man faces third syringe possession charge since October

CLARKSVILLE — A Jeffersonville man was arrested in Clarksville on Friday for unlawful possession of a hypodermic needle, police reported.

It is the third time Joshua Thurman Smith, 28, of 1727 Green St., has been arrested on the D felony charge in just more than four months.

Despite Smith’s recent arrest history, officials with the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex said he was released Tuesday, four days after being booked in the jail.

Clarksville police found Smith with a needle in his right sock during a traffic stop. Prior to the stop being made, according to the probable-cause affidavit, the officer pulled next to the vehicle — which was driven by Smith and occupied by a man in the passenger seat — and told the men that their vehicle had a broken headlight.

“[Smith] began acting very suspicious and then lied to me stating he was heading to Walmart when he was exactly driving away from Walmart, while his passenger was stating they were going to a bar,” the officer noted in the report.

The officer then conducted a traffic stop, which resulted in Smith’s arrest.

He was charged Tuesday in Clark County Circuit Court No. 2 for possessing the needle and false informing police, a class B misdemeanor, by providing a fictitious birth date. Smith is scheduled to return to the court Feb. 19 for an initial hearing.

He was arrested in an unrelated incident by Clarksville police Jan. 16 and later charged in Clark County Circuit Court No. 4 with unlawful possession of a syringe. Police were called to Walmart after Smith and a female were seen by employees stealing cold cuts, soft drinks and mustard.

Police responded and located Smith and the woman.

During a search of Smith, a syringe was located in his possession.

“[The needle] did not appear to have been used or have any substance inside,” police reported.

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