Mother, son accused of contraband offense

From Local Sources

JASPER — Police are accusing a Birdseye mother and son of trying to get contraband into the Dubois County Security Center.

Preliminarily charged with misdemeanor counts of inmate trafficking are Karen D. Clapp, 61, 101 Ingle St., Birdseye, and 32-year-old Stephen A. Clapp, 99 E. Third St., Birdseye.

Stephen Clapp has been in custody since June 12 after the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department found three methamphetamine labs, two hydrogen chloride generators associated with making meth, a rifle, drug paraphernalia and hypodermic syringes during a probation search at his residence.

The sheriff’s department reports receiving information from the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office that Karen Clapp may attempt to pass contraband to her son during the latter’s scheduled court appearance Thursday.

An investigation that included assistance by a Jasper Police Department K-9 unit alleges that did occur.

Karen Clapp was taken into custody at the courthouse in the morning and was lodged in the Dubois County Security Center, where her son was already held.

Sheriff Donny Lampert said the arrests highlight the need to establish a true secure lockup at the courthouse to totally segregate prisoners from the general public and public spaces, something that has never been present in his 28 years in county law enforcement.

“It has been pushed for,” Lampert said.

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