LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Clarksville Police crack down on drug use as multiple arrests are made on Tuesday. Since January, Clarksville's new police chief, Mark Palmer, has established a narcotics division.
For months undercover officers have worked to catch users and dealers and WAVE 3 was there as undercover officers busted a suspected heroin dealer on Tuesday.
Police say that suspect swallowed the drugs and tried to hide under the bed as officers went into his hotel room.
It happened at the Star Motel in Clarksville. Police have been keeping their eye on a man they believed was selling drugs.
"They've watched several people go in and out, knowing he's been selling heroin out of there," said Major Darrell Rayborn, Clarksville Police.
Investigators searched his motel room and car looking for whatever evidence they could find. Police say once officers obtained a search warrant, they entered Cory Lee Daffron's room.
Officers said Daffron, 27, tried to hide under the bed and swallow the remaining drugs. "We're going to take him to the hospital probably have his stomach pumped and go from there and see what happens," said Rayborn.
Officers say this is a small step to crack down on a much larger problem in Clarksville. "It's really made a comeback since the Opana, what we call- dried up, now heroin's coming back and we are seeing an overwhelming amount of it," said Rayborn.
Less than a mile away on Eastern Blvd, just hours before this bust, witnesses watched as Clarksville Police officers interrupted another drug deal where they arrested four people from Louisville.
Jazmon Miles, 25, is charged with dealing cocaine, the other three people face conspiracy to deal cocaine charges.
"It was like the first time I've ever seen anything like that before, it was kind of crazy, I got scared," said Sara Arredondo, who watched from across the street.
Officers seized cocaine, marijuana, and about $1800 in cash.
"Our new chief that came in, he knew that we had a serious drug problem, not only in our community, but in Southern Indiana, so he's devoted myself and another officer to solely work narcotics," said an undercover Clarksville Police detective.
Clarksville Police have now arrested 149 people for drug charges this year alone, since the narcotics division was started.
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