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February 6, 2013

Clarksville police make drug arrest during traffic stop

Jeffersonville man faces third syringe possession charge since October

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CLARKSVILLE —

Smith told the officer that it was his mother’s needle and that she was diabetic.

Police reported that Smith and the woman both admitted to using heroin.

According to court documents, Smith appeared in court Jan. 25, but records have not been updated of his next scheduled court appearance stemming from the charge as of press time.

Smith was arrested Sept. 27 after Clarksville police made a stop on a vehicle in the parking lot of First Savings Bank on East Lewis and Clark Parkway.

The stop was made, according to the police report, after the officer saw the driver of the vehicle make motions with her right hand that gave him reason to believe she was trying to conceal items in the console area.

All four passengers of the vehicle, including Smith, were told to exit the vehicle. As police questioned Smith, he said his girlfriend, who was also in the vehicle, was carrying syringes in her purse that belonged to him. Police searched the woman’s purse and located three syringes, a metal spoon with burn marks and four plastic bags containing brown residue.

Smith was charged several days later in Clark County Circuit Court No. 4 with possession of a syringe and two counts possession of paraphernalia, both class A misdemeanors.

He later failed to appear for a hearing, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. The warrant has since been withdrawn.

Court records do not reflect Smith’s next court appearance for his September arrest.

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