(BEDFORD) – A man arrested for dealing meth and heroin in Lawrence County was sentenced to 15 years in prison today in Lawrence County Superior Court I.
Joshua P. Clevenger will execute 14 years of the sentence; one year was suspended and he was given jail credit of 119 days served. After his prison sentence is served he will be placed on probation for one year.
“In addition to being an addict, he is a dealer and needs to be treated like a dealer,” Prosecutor Sam Arp stated during the sentencing hearing.
Clevenger was arrested in February on charges of dealing meth (Level 2 Felony), possession of meth (Level 3 Felony), dealing heroin (Level 3 Felony), and possession of heroin (Level 5 Felony).
He pleaded guilty to dealing meth in a negotiated plea deal.
The Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section, the ISP Bloomington District A.C.E.S. (Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Section), and the Mitchell Police Department concluded a lengthy investigation into a methamphetamine and heroin dealing operation in Mitchell.
ISP received information that 46-year-old Joshua P. Clevenger was allegedly dealing both meth and heroin in Lawrence County.
The investigation led troopers to apply for and receive a search warrant for Clevenger’s residence in the 1000 block of Warren Street in Mitchell.
Upon execution of the search warrant, troopers located more than 200 grams of meth, approximately 7 grams of heroin/fentanyl, a small amount of marijuana, digital scales, drug paraphernalia, and more than $1,300 in cash.
Clevenger was arrested.
He was incarcerated in the Lawrence County Jail.
Troopers assisting DES with the investigation and search warrant execution included Caleb Garvin, Richard Klun and K9 partner Loki, Matthew Hatchett, and K9 partner Axe, and Sgt. Greg Day. Lawrence County Highway Interdiction Officer Shaun Cabral and K9 partner Jack also assisted with the search warrant.
Anyone with information regarding illegal drugs is encouraged to contact the Indiana State Police Bloomington Post at 812-332-4411. Your tip can remain confidential and could save a life.