News and Tribune

September 30, 2013

4 arrested in meth operation in Clarksville

Active lab found in Clarksville home

By GARY POPP
gary.popp@newsandtribune.com

CLARKSVILLE — After a nearly month-long investigation into methamphetamine activity taking place at a Clarksville home, police found an active lab and made four arrests at the residence Friday.

Clarksville Police investigators received a tip that a working lab was in the home located in the 100 block of Fallsview Drive, and two Clarksville officers went to the home about 5 p.m.

On the steps leading to the home police found Paula Denton, 40, McDonald Avenue in New Albany, and Bradley Wagoner, 35, Branchville, who were both immediately placed into custody and later arrested.

As one of the officers reached the top of the stairs, he reported smelling an odor associated with cooking methamphetamine.

The officer knocked on the door, and was told by someone in the home to come in.

After entering the home the officer saw one of its residents Kay Jecker, 38, and Craigery Hawkins, 30, of Spencer, Ind., both of whom would be later arrested.

“I also immediately noticed several 2-liter bottles with tubes coming out of them and a thick cloud of some type of white vapor,” the officer put into the police report.

The officer then saw Hawkins throw a syringe on a bed nearby.

Police ordered everyone outside of the home due to the volatile nature of the apparent methamphetamine production.

The Clarksville Fire Department was called to the scene in case of a possible eruption or fire, and the Indiana State Police was contacted to safely process and dispose of the methamphetamine lab materials. A fan was also set up in the home to remove the fumes.

Wagoner was found with a substance that tested positive for crystal methamphetamine in his shorts pocket during a pat down by police.

Several syringes, coffee filters, straws, and glass pipes were found in the home, police reported.

Denton was preliminarily charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursors, possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.

Jecker was preliminarily charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursors, possession of methamphetamine, possession of syringe, and maintaining a common nuisance.

Wagoner was preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine and visiting a common nuisance.

Hawkins was preliminarily charged with possession of syringe and visiting a common nuisance.