Police arrest six in Knox motel meth bust

Six people are sitting in the Starke County Jail after police stumbled across a meth lab in their Knox motel room.

According to our reporting partners at WKVI, police were acting on an arrest warrant for 25-year-old Jerimiah Johnson Saturday night when they discovered meth and other drugs in his room at the Super Value Inn Motel.

“It is a meth lab hangout,” said Mike Johnson, who lives across the street. “I mean everybody over there is high on drugs half the time, people walking around.”

Johnson says he sees a steady stream of people going in and out of the motel – oftentimes stirring up trouble.

That’s exactly what six people are accused of doing Saturday night.

Police found a meth lab, prescription drugs in Jerimiah Johnson’s room after executing a search warrant.

They arrested Jerimiah, Lolus Johnson, Sheila Johnson, James Borton, Richard Garrison Jr., and Deborah Clemons.

All six suspects are behind bars at the Starke County Jail, charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, a class B felony, Illegal Drug Lab, a class D felony, Possession of Methamphetamine, a class D felony and Possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor.

Neighbors say Saturday isn’t the first time police have been called to the motel.

“The reputation’s poor,” said Cindy Rowley. “Anything can go in and out. It’s not a secure place for anybody to go.”

That reputation has residents worried for their safety and property values.

They want the city to do something about the problem motel before someone gets hurt.

“I wish someone would come in and buy it and clean it up a little bit and maybe get a different clientele,” Johnson said. “Maybe raise the prices up a little bit so you get a better class of people.”

Super Value Inn Motel Management didn’t want to go on camera, but tell NewsCenter 16 they’ve only been running the motel since March.

They say they’re doing the best they can to clean the place up.


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