Father and son accused of dealing methamphetamine, both arrested and facing felonies

Jeff Adams

Jeff Adams

An investigation by the Greene County Drug Task Force resulted in the arrest last week of a father and son who have been charged with dealing in methamphetamine.

Jeffrey Ray Adams, 46, of Bloomfield, and his father, Clarence Wayne Adams, 71, of Lyons, were both arrested last Tuesday, May 15.

When they appeared in Greene Circuit Court later in the week for initial hearings, Jeff Adams was charged with dealing in methamphetamine, a Level 4 felony, and dealing in methamphetamine, a Level 5 felony. Clarence Adams was charged with dealing in methamphetamine, a Level 4 felony.

Recent investigations by the Task Force had yielded information that Jeff Adams had allegedly sold methamphetamine on multiple occasions this past spring. At times, Jeff Adams was under surveillance and an officer reported that Adams sold a quantity of methamphetamine in late April.

They then received other information that Adams was traveling out-of-county to obtain methamphetamine that was being sold in Greene County, and that his father was providing him transportation on these trips.

Clarence Adams

Clarence Adams

Probable cause affidavits filed in these cases indicate that officers believed in the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 15, Jeff Adams and Clarence Adams were returning to Greene County from one of these trips. After Clarence Adams dropped his son off in Bloomfield and was continuing on to Lyons, a traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle and Clarence Adams was questioned.

According to the affidavits, Clarence Adams admitted that he had been driving his son on these trips for approximately one month and that he knew the trips were made with the intent to purchase methamphetamine. Clarence was taken into custody and booked in to the Greene County Jail around 11 a.m.

As a result of the investigation and interview, a search warrant was promptly issued for the residence of Jeff Adams in Bloomfield and when executed, officers reported finding evidence. Jeff Adams was then also taken into custody and booked in to the Greene County Jail around 11:30 a.m. the same morning.

In the case against Jeff Adams, Deputy Public Defender Ellen Martin was appointed to represent him and his bond was set at $25,000 surety with ten percent cash allowed.

In the case against Clarence Adams, Greene County Public Defender Alan Baughman was appointed to represent him and his bond was set at $15,000 surety with ten percent cash allowed.

The State is represented by Greene County Prosecutor Jarrod Holtsclaw.

As of early Monday, May 21, no bonds had been posted and both Jeff and Clarence Adams were still in the Greene County Jail.  

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Note: Records show Jeff Adams does have a criminal history. He was accused of getting into a high-speed drag race with another man on a hilly stretch of highway near Solsberry in May of 2009. One car was traveling in the right lane, and one in the left. When they crested a blind hill on a double yellow line, the other man's vehicle crashed head-on into a motorcycle. The motorcycle driver was killed in the fiery crash and so was a passenger in the vehicle. Adams escaped injury but he was later charged with several criminal counts related to the crash. At the conclusion of a trial, a jury found him guilty of one count of reckless homicide, a Class C felony, and lesser charges of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and reckless driving. He was sentenced in June 2010 to six years with two suspended leaving four to serve in the Indiana DOC. He served his time and with good time credit, was released in February 2012.