By GARY POPP
A New Albany man was arrested Wednesday after Clarksville police say they found nearly a pound of marijuana in his vehicle, police reported.
Steven Robert Hubbard, 24, Douglas Avenue, has been preliminarily charged in dealing in marijuana, possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance, all class D felonies.
Clarksville police had received information Wednesday that Hubbard was selling large amounts of marijuana in the Clarksville area, and that he was expected to be making several deals out of the Veterans Parkway Taco Bell parking lot later in the day. Police were told Hubbard was a tall, white man with red hair and that he would be in a black Chevrolet Tahoe.
Surveillance was set up in the area of the Taco Bell about 4 p.m., and 15 minutes later, police standing by watched as a black Tahoe pulled into the parking lot. Police ran the plate of the vehicle and it came back registered to Hubbard. The driver of the SUV also matched the physical description provided to police.
Police reported that only a few minutes later a van also pulled into the parking lot, and a man, later identified as Donald Bolen, got out of the van and entered Hubbard’s Tahoe. According to the police report, a Clarksville police detective witnessed a hand-to-hand transaction between the two men.
When Bolen exited the Tahoe, police approached, and both men were detained.
A grocery bag in Hubbard’s vehicle behind the passenger’s seat was found with two bags of marijuana. One bag weighed 20 grams and the second bag weighed 230 grams.
Police also located in the Tahoe, “ ... a note pad, which appears to be a drug ledger which listed different types of drugs and dollar amounts next to them,” according to the police report.
Hubbard refused to answer officers’ questions at the scene.
He was taken to the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Facility and released a day later after a $500 bond payment.
Bolen told police that he was at the location to purchase marijuana from Hubbard. Bolen was cited and is scheduled to appear in Clarksville Town Court, police reported.
Hubbard’s arrest at Taco Bell is not his first marijuana-related arrest. Only 12 days earlier, he was arrested in Floyd County and later charged with class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
In April, Hubbard was charged with the exact same three D felony charges he was preliminarily charged with Tuesday. And, like this week’s arrest, Hubbard was jailed and released the following day on a $500 bond payment.
Hubbard has multiple previous marijuana charges. Court records show that Hubbard was charged in 2009 in Clark County with class A misdemeanor marijuana possession, to which he pleaded guilty.
Hubbard’s next court date on his most recent charges was not available on online court records as of press time.