Two Scottsburg and two Jeffersonville residents were charged with drug offenses last week following a traffic stop on I-65
Last Tuesday afternoon, Indiana State Police Trooper Mark LaMaster stopped a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu traveling southbound on Interstate 65 at the 5.2 mile marker in Clark County. He made the stop for a traffic infraction but during the stop observed the driver and passenger were acting suspicious.
Trooper Lamaster called for Indiana State Police K-9 Handler, Nathan Abbott, with his dog “Teague”, for assistance. Teague sniffed of the perimeter of the Malibu and gave a positive alert to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle.
As troopers continued the investigation, they asked the passenger, Kevin C. Lucas, 40, of 5th Street in Scottsburg, if they had anything illegal in the vehicle and he replied “meth, heroin and marijuana”.
Narcotics were located in the vehicle as well as scales, nearly $5,000 in cash and several other items used to deal illegal narcotics, police reported.
Lucas was charged with dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, dealing in heroin, possession of heroin, dealing in marijuana and possession of marijuana.
The driver of the car, Tabatha M. Donahay, 29, of Pine Street in Scottsburg was arrested and charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.
In conducting their investigation officers learned that Lucas and Donahay were enroute to meet to meet a third person for an alleged drug transaction in Clarksville.
The vehicle enroute to allegedly meet them, a 2002 Ford Crown Victoria, was located by troopers and a Clark County Deputy on Lewis and Clark Parkway in Clarksville.
That vehicle was stopped and 4.5 ounces of methamphetamine as well as 4 grams heroin were located and seized.
The driver, Nicole R. Turner, 26, of Presidential Place in Jeffersonville, was charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.
The passenger, Denzel L. Ewing, 21, of Sharon Drive in Jeffersonville, was charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.
Troopers were able to determine the seized drugs were to be transported to Scott County to be sold, according to ISP Sgt Jerry Goodin. He said the street value of the drugs was about $10,000.
All four were arrested and incarcerated in the Clark County Jail.