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Drug Activity at an Ardmore Motel


Ardmore police arrested a man early this morning after following him to a local motel on South Commerce street. Inside his motel room, police discovered evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia, and the man admitted he had been using methamphetamine when police knocked on his door. KTEN's Andrea Kurys reports. 

Officials got the tip-off from two local nursing home employees who notified police about suspicious activity at a business next door. It was 4:30 in the morning, and the man walked out of a fenced-in area with something in his hands.

Officials followed him to his motel room and recovered several baggies of a clear liquid substance they believe is meth. The baggies were hidden under and beside the bed mattress, inside a cd case, and even inside a liquor bag. The suspect also admitted to cutting the lock off of a welder inside a business lot with bolt cutters. He said he needed to steal something to sell.

Officials say drug activity does happen from time to time at local motels. They have notified hotel managers to be vigilant and to look for suspicious signs. Things like guests who check into a room and pay with cash, frequent visitors to rooms, or someone who doesn't want their room cleaned or their trash emptied. Donna Beckal, a motel guest, said "This is the cheapest place there is. The other ones are all too high for us. Just make sure we keep our doors locked, keep an eye out for anything unusual or strange."

Cornell Norman was arrested and booked into the Carter County jail. He was charged with burglary, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of burglary tools. He was also booked on five other Carter County warrants.

Andrea Kurys, KTEN News.