The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department arrested four people last week on drug trafficking charges while investigating a tip about alleged illegal drug activity at Seasons Inn in Allen.
According to documents filed in Floyd District Court and information provided by the sheriff’s department, deputies arrested Jeffrey Slone, 50, of David, Evan Potter, 26, of Hueysville, Marion Wade, 47, of Wayland and Melinda Clark, 42, of Blue River, during the investigation.
All four were charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, more than two grams of methamphetamine. Slone, Potter and Clark were also charged with tampering with physical evidence. Slone was also arrested on additional charges of menacing and resisting arrest.
The citations, filed by Deputy Dusty Newsome, Deputy Kevin Johnson and Sgt. Oliver Little, claim that the deputies tried to conduct a “knock and talk” at a Seasons Inn hotel room that was rented by Clark, and Slone answered the door. Slone allegedly resisted arrest and refused to remove his hands from his pockets, and after he was “taken to the ground and cuffed,” deputies allegedly found a bag containing about 28 grams of suspected methamphetamine in his pocket.
Upon execution of a search warrant, the deputies also allegedly found suspected methamphetamine in the toilet — a reason the tampering with physical evidence charges were filed.
According to the citations, Potter was found in the bathroom and a large box that contained several hundred empty plastic bags and digital scales at his feet.
A substantial amount of cash was also found in the room, the documents say.
The defendants were arraigned in Floyd District Court on Thursday.
District Judge Jimmy Marcum placed Potter and Slone under a $10,000 cash bond, Wade under a $3,000 cash bond and Clark under a $5,000 cash bond.
Preliminary hearings are scheduled to be held in these cases on May 8.