Citizens Tips Lead To More Drug Arrests In Scott County

Four people were arrested recently by Scott County Sheriff’s deputies and Austin City Police for possession of drugs.

Acting on a tip late Friday, Feb. 12, officers were sent to 150 Blunt Avenue in Austin. While speaking with the residents of the home, it was learned that there was a camper being occupied on the property. Deputies went to the camper and made contact with a Larry M. Burnett, 43, of Austin and a Christine N. Smith, 29, of Scottsburg. While speaking with the pair, deputies observed a hypodermic syringe lying on a shelf inside of the camper. Deputies investigated further and located more hypodermic syringes, marijuana, paraphernalia associated with intravenous drug use, and heroin, inside of the camper.

Burnett and Smith were both arrested charged with possession of a narcotic drug, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and for visiting a common nuisance.

A traffic stop on Sunday, Feb., 14, resulted in drugs and weapons charges. A Scott County Sheriff’s Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a 1994 Tan Buick near Marshfield Road and Slab Road between Austin and Scottsburg.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as John B. Watts, 35, of Scottsburg. During their questioning, police learned Watts had a warrant out for his arrest for strangulation. When Watts stepped out he pulled away from the deputy and then fled on foot. Watts was subdued by an tazer and subsequently taken in to custody.

The vehicle was also occupied by a passenger, Renea C. Clark, 32, of Scottsburg. Inside of the vehicle, deputies located two handguns, ammunition, paraphernalia associated with drug use and drug dealing, and approximately 10 grams of what they believed was methamphetamine.

Watts was charged with resisting law enforcement, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a handgun without a permit, and possession of paraphernalia.

Clark was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a handgun without a permit, and possession of paraphernalia.

Law enforcement officers said that the Scott County Sheriff’s Office has received massive number of tips from the public which have been crucial in making drug arrests.