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Clark Co. Sheriff suspends work release program after drugs found

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Detective Scottie Maples says two men were leaving drugs and cell phones near a police training facility off Highway 62, where some inmates were taken to work. Detective Scottie Maples says two men were leaving drugs and cell phones near a police training facility off Highway 62, where some inmates were taken to work.

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) – The Clark County Sheriff suspended the county jail's work program after investigators uncovered a plan to deliver drugs and cell phones to inmates involved. 

Detective Scottie Maples says two men were leaving drugs and cell phones near a police training facility off Highway 62. As part of a work program with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, several inmates are chosen to help clean up that training facility under supervision.

“We located some subjects that were dropping off drugs in that area,”  Maples said. “Initially we stopped them on a traffic stop. We found drugs on them and then once we got them to jail, they drew a map to where they were dropping them off.”

Investigators say Brandon Sears and Gary Knight were arrested after a traffic stop where officers discovered drugs in the car.

Maples says the sheriff’s office believes Sears and Knight were leaving meth, heroin and cell phones at that location to be picked up by prisoners on the work release program and brought back to jail. Knight was recently a part of that program.

“One of the offenders was just in our facility a couple of days prior and then we found out he was on the work release program also,” Maples said of Knight. “We started questioning that and he admitted to dropping stuff off out there.”

For now, that program has been suspended while policy and procedures are reviewed.

“We did a complete search and then suspended the program," Maples said. “We couldn't pinpoint it to any one inmate that it was going to after getting dropped off.”

Maples said after a complete search of the jail, no contraband was found. He did not say how long that program might be suspended.

“They're just mowing grass and things like that so it's not a huge necessity,” Maples said. “But it is a help because if they're not out picking up trash and mowing grass then we have to pay someone to do it.”

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