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Carthage, Knightstown Police Make Marijuana Arrests
February 25, 2009 - Knightstown and Carthage police arrested two area residents for drug possession Friday and nabbed approximately 15 pounds of marijuana in the process.
According to reports both the Carthage and Knightstown police departments, officers were dispatched to 10739 N. Carthage Pike on February 21 to serve an arrest warrant for Robert R. Fields. Instead, police found Fields’ father, Robert F. Fields, and another person, Brenda M. Norfleet in the residence with 15 one-pound baggies full of what police allege is marijuana.
KPD Police Chief Danny Baker, along with officers Tony Lorton and Derek Hall, sought the help of Carthage Town Marshall Dan Murphy and Carthage Deputy Rick Bush, to serve the drug possession warrant on the younger Fields. When they arrived, however, officers found the elder Fields, who said his son no longer lived there. Police eventually searched the home for, but could not find the subject of their warrant.
In his incident report, Bush, who positioned himself at the home’s back door, said the smell of burnt and raw marijuana was “overwhelming.” Officers entered the residence and found Fields, Norfleet and an 11-year-old child inside, along with at least one firearm, an unknown quantity of prescription drugs, “large lighting fixtures which are commonly used to grow marijuana” and a large quantity of pot.
According to Hall’s incident report, Fields voluntarily pointed out a safe containing a white grocery sack and a box, both filled with large baggies of marijuana. Fields and Norfleet were arrested and transported to a Rush County jail. Officers called Rush County Child Protective Services regarding the minor. Rush County sheriff’s deputies reportedly obtained another search warrant for the residence, but details about that and the specific charges, if any, against Fields and Norfleet were unavailable at press time.
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