CLOVERDALE, Ind. (WISH) - The owner of a Putnam County motel police raided for drugsTuesday is talking about what happened.
William Morrison is now out on bail, but he and his wife areamong nine people police say are tied to a meth and pot growingenterprise at their condemned property in Cloverdale.
Morrison denies the charges. He says the only reason why he andwife Sonya were among nine people arrested early Tuesday is becausethey're the property owners.
"Everybody, including yourself, probably under your sink havethe same type of chemicals," said Morrison.
Police charged the bunch with either making or possessing largeamounts of meth or growing pot.
They found about 150 pot plants in one of the rooms ofMorrison's filthy, rundown motel that the county health departmentcondemned, giving a handful of remaining tenants until Monday toleave.
Truck driver Barney is among the tenants.
"I'm going to be homeless. I won't have no place to go becauseI'm one of the truck drivers here and if they seize everything he'sgot, I won't have a job or no place to live," Barney said.
Yet health inspectors say Morrison had violations dating backyears, the drug stash was apparently the final straw.
Authorities had been celebrating a 90-percent drop in metharrests in Putnam County but they say the latest arrest means theyhave a ways to go.
"It's the poor man's cocaine, that's what it is. It doesn'tsurprise me to see who they were," said Putnam County ProsecutorTim Bookwalter.
The nine arrested all face felony charges.
As for the condition of the property, Morrison says highproperty taxes have him $60,000 in the hole. He says he shouldn'tbe responsible for tenant activities.
"You're actually violating a lot of their rights to go in and,in fact, if I went into somebody's room who is doing any kind ofnarcotics or paraphernalia, I could legitimately not even know whatI was looking at and be more implicated because I was there,"Morrison said.
Police are searching for two other tenants who they believe werealso involved in illegal drug activity. The prosecutor says allnine will have an initial hearing either Thursday or Friday.
An Indianapolis mother was sentenced in court Thursday for child neglect charges.
Officials with the Indianapolis Colts say tickets are still available for the Colts vs. Texans game Sunday.
Fire crews in Anderson were on the scene of a building fire Thursday afternoon.