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Worthington Man Arrested After Undercover Drug Sting
Updated May 5, 2013 1:06 AM | Filed under: WBIW News
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(WORTHINGTON) - 33-year-old Curtis Freeman found out it's not a good idea to ask your girlfriend's dad if he knows where illegal drugs can be purchased.

Freeman asked his girlfriend's dad Douglas Goodell where he could by marijuana or pills.

Nick Schneider of the Greene County Daily World reported Freeman was arrested earlier this month, after Goodell helped police set up an undercover sting.

Members of the Greene County Sheriff's Department and the Linton Police Department arrested Freeman March 16 in Linton after making a purchase of prescription pills from an undercover police officer.

He was formally charged in Greene Superior Court with possession of a Schedule I, II, III or IV controlled substance - a class D felony.

Superior Court Judge Dena Martin, during an initial hearing conducted by video link from the Greene County Jail, appointed Greene County Public Defender Alan Baughman as legal counsel for Freeman's proceedings.

A pre-trial conference was scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on May 7.

Freeman remains incarcerated with bond set at $20,000 with 10 percent cash allowed.
On March 13, Greene County Sheriff's Department Det. Chris McDonald was told by

According to a probable cause affidavit Goodell allegedly told Freeman that "he may know of someone" and needed to make a few telephone calls.

The call Goodell made was to Det. McDonald, who in turn made contact with Linton Police Department Det. Josh Goodman, who is also a member of the Greene County Drug Task Force.

Goodell went to the Linton Police Department where he made a telephone call to Freeman and asked him if he was "still interested in some stuff."

Hearing an affirmative answer from Freeman, Goodell set up the sting, telling the suspect he knew of a guy named John, who had five Vicodin (10 mg) tablets for $5 each and 10 Morphine (30 mg) tablets for $10 each.

At about 12:40 a.m. on March 16, McDonald was contacted by Goodell saying Freeman had the money and was wanting to buy the Morphine pills as soon as possible.

An agreed price of $90 was negotiated.

Goodman sealed the 10 Morphine pills in cellophane, then photographed the package as evidence.

The "buy" location was set up behind the Jiffy Treat, located off of 4th St. NE in Linton.
The undercover police officer drove to the location and a few minutes later was approached on foot by Freeman and a female (who was not identified in the probable cause affidavit).

Freeman is alleged to have got into the undercover vehicle, exchanged money for the pills and quickly exited - walking with the female towards 4th NE and A streets.

McDonald and LPD officer Brock Garrison then drove up behind the couple - yelling to them to stop and identified themselves as police officers.

Garrison took Freeman to the ground and placed him under arrest.

Police could not immediately locate the package containing the pills on Freeman, but found it lying on the ground near where the suspect was apprehended, according to the probable cause affidavit.

During an interview at the LPD headquarters, Freeman told police he was going to fully cooperate and went on to say that he could buy more morphine pills from the guy in the black car that he knew as John because "he saw a bunch more pills, if that could help him out."

"At that point, I informed him (Freeman) that the man he knew as John was in fact an undercover police officer," McDonald wrote in the probable cause affidavit.

McDonald also stated that Freeman, who had numerous needle track marks on both arms, acknowledged that he had a "bad heroin habit."



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