By Bobbie Poynter
So, when Barbourville Police Detective Steve Owens spotted what looked like a person high on drugs in the Dairy Queen parking lot around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, he called it in.
Shortly thereafter, the suspicious person returned to his car, and Detective Owens was joined by Patrolmen Pat Clouse and Jake Knuckles. Patrolman Knuckles walked up to the man’s car and saw him holding what looked like a bag of marijuana.
“I guess people just don’t pay attention to their surroundings,” said Knuckles. “He didn’t even try very hard to hid it.”
Clifford Louden, 48, of Branchville, Ind., was placed under arrest, and the officers searched his vehicle. Besides the bag of marijuana, the officers found a syringe of what they believed to be heroin and an additional 10 doses of morphine in an overnight bag.
Louden was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The officers found another ID in the car belonging to Louden’s girlfriend, Adrianne Johnson, 42, of Aurora, Ind. After running the ID, the officers went in search of Johnson to serve her with a warrant for felony assault.
Johnson was found at Lee’s Food Mart making a payphone call. She was arrested without incident and placed under arrest for being a fugitive from justice.
Both Louden and Johnson were housed in the Knox County Detention Center.
Detective Owens is continuing the investigation.