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18 arrested in Clarksville drug roundup

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This roundup was the first of its kind for the small police department that in the last two years devoted a team of officers to crack down on the drug trade hoping that will in turn halt other crimes. This roundup was the first of its kind for the small police department that in the last two years devoted a team of officers to crack down on the drug trade hoping that will in turn halt other crimes.
Clarksville Police Major Darrell Rayborn. Clarksville Police Major Darrell Rayborn.
Mick McFarland Mick McFarland

CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) – It wasn't an April Fool's joke when officers arrested more than a dozen suspected drug dealers in southern Indiana Tuesday morning.

All of the charges are A and B felonies. Clarksville police said they targeted heroin, cocaine and prescription pill dealers.

One by one police busted person after person. In just a few hours they said they were able to get 15 alleged drug dealers off the streets, all accused of selling in the town limits of Clarksville.

"We are trying to round them all up at the same time," said Clarksville Police Major Darrell Rayborn.

This roundup was the first of its kind for the small police department that in the last two years devoted a team of officers to crack down on the drug trade hoping that will in turn halt other crimes.

"People are committing crimes burglaries and thefts to support their drug habits and hopefully something like this will detour some of that," said Rayborn.

In total 18 arrests were made, drugs, guns and cash were seized. Police said they are looking for four other people.

While the numbers may sound like a lot for a town the size of Clarksville Mick McFarland, the Director of Serenity House, said he's not surprised.

"I think you could go into any town in the United States now and have a drug bust," said McFarland. "It's just an epidemic."

Serenity House is a residential home for recovering addicts, McFarland says he's seen first hand how the program can work.

"We've got to change them some how. My theory is halfway houses are the answers to it," said McFarland.

There certainly are challenges. Like most nonprofit organizations, McFarland said the need outweighs the support coming in.

"I stay full and I have about 40 on the waiting list," said McFarland.

It's a problem police know will never have a permanent solution, but they plan to continue to crack down and do what they can.

"There's going to be somebody to take their place," said Rayborn. "We know it's not going to stop, but we hope we can slow this activity down."

Clarksville Police were assisted by Jeffersonville Police and the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force of Southern Indiana.

These are the names of the people that face drug dealing charges:

  • Shadai J'Parr Al-Uqdah, 21
  • Jeremy Weedin, 25
  • Jeremy Ford, 22
  • Aaron Combs, 29
  • Cherok Douglas, 29
  • Barbara Spellman, 33
  • David Spencer, 33
  • Thomas Milburn, 56
  • Richard Kennedy, 43
  • Nicole Kaelin, 30
  • Shawn Jones, 37
  • Brittany Hoak, 31
  • Justin McAdams, 31 
  • Stanley Bunzy, 34
  • Gregory Broy Jr, 36

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