Lincoln couple face drug charges

September 12, 2003|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - A preliminary hearing is scheduled today for two people who allegedly sold drugs out of their Hustonville home less than a month after a grand jury indicted one of them.

Jowanna Clarkson, 33, of 4545 South Fork Road, Hustonville, was charged with second-degree possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and menacing two weeks after a Lincoln County grand jury indicted her on similar charges, including possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) while in possession of a firearm, drug trafficking while in possession of a firearm, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Danny Sebastian, 37, of the same address, was arrested Sept. 2 with Clarkson on multiple drug-related charges after 911 dispatchers received a call from a woman who said she was being held against her will and feared for her life. When Lincoln County Deputy Sheriff Ron Luster and state police arrived, they found cocaine and drug paraphernalia. The caller was not injured.


The unidentified woman who called 911 has not signed a complaint against Sebastian or Clarkson.

"She told me she called 911 and acted like she was talking to her son," said state Trooper Mike Ashley, who was present on the scene. "When they asked her if something was wrong, she said yes."

Deputy Luster would not return any phone calls regarding the matter.

According to Ashley, police received permission from Sebastian to search the residence, where they found the narcotics. A search warrant was obtained during the permitted search, after which police arrested Sebastian and later arrested Clarkson.

When placed in the police cruiser, Sebastian allegedly broke out two windows. He was charged with menacing, resisting arrest, possession of cocaine, first-degree mischief, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a police radio.

Clarkson was held on a $5,000 bond or $10,000 property bond. Sebastian was held on a $10,000 bond or $20,000 property bond. Both property bonds were posted last week almost immediately following the arrests.

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