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CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A traffic stop leads to a drug bust at a local hotel that's becoming a hot spot for criminals.
Clarksville officers suspected something was wrong, but then it hit them right in the face. What started as another random stop at the America's Best Inn (River's Edge) hotel on Eastern Boulevard turned even more urgent when police say the driver rolled down the window. Then, officers could not ignore the strong smell of marijuana.
The hotel welcomes weekly rates, but police suspect some customers just need a few hours.
"There's a lot of things going on there that is illegal," said Clarksville police Maj. Darrell Rayborn.
On Saturday, Josh Cardwell and April Gibson were arrested in the parking lot of the hotel after the random stop.
"When they rolled down the window, they (officers) noticed an odor believed to be marijuana coming from the vehicle," Rayborn said.
Police say they eventually found a dozen bags of marijuana in cooler, a gun, prescription pills and methamphetamine.
And it's not the first time they've been here. WDRB was there when officers found a meth lab earlier this month.
"I've seen more busts here at this motel than I have in Indiana completely," said hotel worker Linda Johnson.
She works in housekeeping and the front desk at the hotel. Johnson says she has "a pretty good idea" why there's always somewhat of a dark cloud over the hotel, and why it is the scene of so much police action.
"This is the lowest rate motel, price wise," Johnson said. "They (patrons) know that once security is done with his shift, and housekeeping is not in, they're not going to have anybody knocking at their door -- bugging 'em so they're going to be able to do what they can."
Meanwhile, police have a pretty good idea what the suspects were planning to do with drugs.
"It was bagged for selling, it was ready to be sold," Rayborn said.
Both suspects are from New Albany and sat in jail in Clark County over the weekend.