Hotel drug tip brings woman’s arrest

From Local Sources


JASPER — A tip about possible drug activity at a Jasper hotel resulted in a woman’s arrest Monday.

Officers with the Jasper Police Department and Dubois County Sheriff’s Department began checking out the tip in the early afternoon at the Super 8 hotel at 75 Indiana St.

Jasper K-9 Ares indicated to the odor of narcotics coming from Room 100 during a free-air sniff of the first floor hallway, according to Jasper police.

Authorities say the room was occupied by Tawna L. Knebel, 34, 8998 W. 350S, Huntingburg, who, after speaking with officers, provided them with a small baggie containing a small amount of suspected methamphetamine that had been on her person.

Law enforcement then secured a search warrant allowing them to search the rest of the hotel room.

During the search, police said, another person’s IDs and documents with their personal information were found. Police believe Knebel stole those documents.

Also located, police said, was an identification containing the stolen information but with Knebel’s photograph.

Police allege Knebel admitted to fraudulently using the identifiers of another person to obtain an ID.

Authorities said the investigation is ongoing and other charges are possible.

Knebel was booked into the Dubois County Security Center at 8:04 p.m. on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of possession of methamphetamine and a preliminary misdemeanor count of identity deception.

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