At approximately 12:02 a.m. Wednesday, Frankfort Police Narcotics Detectives requested the assistance of the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office in stopping a vehicle in Kirklin. The Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop after observing a violation. Detectives called for a K9 unit from Frankfort. After a free-air exterior sniff of the vehicle, officers subsequently searched the vehicle. Items found were consistent with tools used to ingest illegal narcotics. Substances were located that tested presumptive positive for Methamphetamine, Heroin and Fentanyl. The driver, 31-year-old Clarissa Lane of Frankfort, was arrested.
“Due to the sophistication of drug trafficking, our narcotics investigations are not confined to the city limits”, said Deputy Chief Scott Shoemaker. “Because of the teamwork between the Frankfort Police Department and Clinton County Sheriff’s Office we were able to make this traffic stop and subsequent arrest by our dedicated narcotics unit.”
Lane was transported to the Clinton County Jail. The Clinton County Prosecutor filed four felony offenses, including dealing in a narcotic drug, a level 5 felony. Lane appeared in the Clinton Superior Court for her initial hearing where she entered a plea of not guilty to the charges; trial is set for January 22, 2020. The Clinton County Prosecutor’s office also filed an Information for Habitual Offender Enhancement which would result in an additional 2-6 years if convicted.