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July 1, 2014

Three arrested on meth charges after Clarksville traffic stop

Passenger in vehicle told police where to look for drugs

CLARKSVILLE — Three Corydon residents were arrested on methamphetamine-related charges after the fourth passenger in their vehicle told police where to search to find drugs.

Britteney Stewart, 28; Jason A. Hill, 31; and Joshua M. Croft, 37, all of Corydon, were arrested early Tuesday morning by Clarksville police. All three are still held in the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex, Jeffersonville, under $15,000 bonds.

Each of the three was booked in on the top preliminary charges of dealing in methamphetamine less than five grams, a class B felony. Each were also preliminarily charged with several less severe offenses, including manufacture of paraphernalia and possession of paraphernalia. Additionally, Croft is wanted on an outstanding warrant out of Harrison County for possession of methamphetamine while in possession of a firearm.

Clarksville police responded to a call placed from the Veterans Parkway Taco Bell reporting a possible drunk driver. When police arrived, they observed the occupants in the vehicle, which was in the restaurant’s drive-through lane, “acting very intoxicated and were throwing trash out of the vehicle.”

After the occupants received their food, the vehicle traveled west along Veterans Parkway. Officers followed, and observed the vehicle swerve and cross the center lane two to three times before turning left on Bas Pro Shop Drive without signaling, which prompted the police to initiate a stop.

Croft was driving the vehicle, according to the police report, and when asked if he had been drinking, Croft said that he had not. A check on Croft’s license showed the outstanding warrant. Croft was placed under arrest.

The arresting officer checked with dispatch to determine if any of the other three passengers of the vehicle had a valid driver’s license, but none of the three did. All three occupants were asked to step out of the vehicle so that a tow truck could impound the vehicle, as none of the three could legally drive it away, according to the offense report.

“During a routine inventory of the vehicle, a bag was located in the back right floorboard,” according to the report. “The bag contained one used syringe, one spoon with residue on it, two digital scales and eight unused syringes in two plastic bags.”

After the discovery of the bag, all three of the vehicle’s occupants were placed in hand restraints to determine to whom the bag belonged. The fourth occupant of the vehicle was read her Miranda rights before telling the officer that none of the property inside the vehicle was hers and that she did not want to go to jail for it.

“She stated that if she would not go to jail, she would tell me where some methamphetamine was located inside the vehicle,” according to the report. “I asked where it was located, and she stated that all she knows is that they usually hide it in the trunk area of the vehicle.”

The passenger turned out to be correct, because upon searching the trunk of the car, the officer discovered a sock that contained 3.3 grams of methamphetamine and a broken glass pipe with residue on it, according to the report.

Hill and Stewart told the passenger-turned-informant that “she had it coming,” according to the report.   

“It should be noted that Hill had multiple gang-affiliated tattoos on him of the Aryan Brotherhood or White Supremacy gang,” the report states. “He had one Aryan Brotherhood stamp on his abdomen and a few more symbols and signs up his arms. He was asked if he had any gang affiliations, and Hill denied to answer.”

None of the three have been formally charged with a crime yet, according to the Odyssey online records system.

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