Break-in report leads to drug arrests

June 22, 2017

Three people remain incarcerated on drug and drug-related charges after a concerned resident called authorities to report that the trio appeared to be trying to enter a business on Main Street early Tuesday morning. Keisha Canada, 21, of Seymour, faces a Level 6 felony count of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance. Catelin D. Clemons, 20, of Madison, faces Level 6 felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of hypodermic needles. Robert Downing, 26, of Seymour, faces a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance. Prosecutors filed charges against the three Wednesday morning in Jefferson Superior Court. Madison Police responded to the 200 block of East Main Street around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday after dispatchers received the call from an area resident. Police located the suspects standing nearby at a parked vehicle on Mulberry Street, the probable cause affidavit stated. Canada and Downing said the vehicle belonged to a friend, who had given them a ride, and their items were in the vehicle. While speaking with Clemons, officers reported that she appeared to be under the influence of narcotics, agitated and nervous at the officers’ presence. Clemons also was in possession of a brown box, which she allowed officers to search. Police located two orange and clear syringes, four clear plastic bags with a crystal-like residue that later field tested positive for methamphetamine, a blue cut straw, a glass bowl with a small piece of cotton, a blue rubber strap, a small metal lid and a pill identified as phenytoin sodium, a prescription-only pill. Canada emptied her pockets at an officer’s request and removed a clear bag from her right front pocket that contained a crystal-like substance, which later field tested positive for methamphetamine, the affidavit stated. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Demaree and his K-9 partner, Champi, also responded to the scene. Champi alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle during an open-air sniff of the car where the group was initially located by officers. Canada and Downing indicated two bags in the backseat of the vehicle belonged to them prior to a search of the vehicle. One of the two bags contained two oval pills identified as Acetaminophen and proposyphene napsylate, a Schedule IV controlled substance. Officers also located a clear smoking device in the trunk of the car. Clemons admitted to police that she used the items in the box, which had been in her possession, to ingest methamphetamine. Both Canada and Downing denied knowledge of the pills inside the bag. Canada also denied knowing about the methamphetamine in her pocket, saying someone might have slipped the bag into her pocket while she was unaware. At one point, Downing claimed the bag in Canada’s pocket actually belonged to him because Canada was wearing shorts that belonged to him. Both Canada and Downing said the vehicle belonged to someone else, although they were unsure of the other person’s whereabouts. Police arrested all three people and transported them to the Jefferson County Jail, where they await initial hearings. Canada, Clemons and Downing are scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon for initial hearings on the charges.