Medora man arrested after officers find glass smoking device and scales

BEDFORD – A Medora man was arrested Thursday morning after a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputy stopped a vehicle in the area of I and 16th streets for an inoperable headlight.

Joseph Howard

The driver of the vehicle was 39-year-old Joseph Howard told the officer he was unaware the headlight was not working. Howard told the officer he was from Seymour and was on his way to Medora to pick up his mother. However, that story did not make sense to the officer since both Seymour and Medora are east of Bedford.

Howard then changed his story and told the officer “it’s my vacation day, man”.

Howard denied that anything illegal was in the vehicle, when asked by the police officer.  

K-9 Dusty then alerted the officer to possible drugs in the vehicle 

In the center console, the officer located a glass smoking device containing crystal meth residue.

Howard said the smoking device did not belong to him, but to a girl he had in the vehicle. 

Howard was detained.

In the rear hatch of the vehicle in a box of male’s clothing, police found a digital scale with meth residue.

Howard was arrested on charges of possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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