Tip about possible drug activity leads officers to Slate Ford Road home, arrest PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 08:25

A tip to a deputy sheriff resulted in an October 15 arrest for possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and cocaine at a Slate Ford Road home.

Deputy Joe Johnson fielded the tip about possible drug activity occurring at 5187 South Slate Ford Road southeast of Scottsburg. He and deputies Joe Guarneri and Paul Clute went to the residence, finding resident Russell Earl Harbold at home.

As Deputy Johnson was talking to Harbold, he said he saw a metal pipe similar to those used by people to smoke marijuana. When asked about the piece of paraphernalia, Harbold allegedly told the officer he did use it for that purpose.

Harbold then agreed to allow officers into the residence to search it. Reportedly, they discovered a quantity of methamphetamine and cocaine and marijuana plants, according to charges filed in Scott Superior Court.

On October 16, Harbold entered an initial plea of not guilty to three Level 6 felonies, which cover possession of the drugs and maintaining a common nuisance. His marijuana charge is a Class B misdemeanor. Possession of paraphernalia is a Class C misdemeanor.

The case was assigned a jury trial date of January 12 by Judge Marsha Owens Howser. Bond was set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $500 cash.

Harbold filed a cash bond on October 20 and was released to await trial.