Drug death leads to raid, arrests at Springfield motel


A Springfield man and woman face multiple drug charges after detectives found evidence they allegedly sold drugs to a woman died of a drug overdose at a motel late last month.

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Michael Jerome Crowley, II, 39, and Kristle M. Bevington, 24, are each facing two counts of drug possession charges, as well as charges of trafficking drugs and distribution of drugs.

The Springfield Police Division Narcotics Unit and the Drug Enforcement Agency executed a search warrant on a room at the Townhouse Motor Lodge, 2850 E. Main St. at about 6 p.m. Wednesday.

During the search, officers allegedly found cocaine and heroin packaged for sale, as well as cell phones and items to package drugs, according to court records.

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On July 28, officers found Pamela R. Childress dead of an apparent drug overdose in another room at the motel, court records said. During the investigation into the death, officers found evidence of a transaction between Childress and Crowley, who was staying with Bevington, court records said. The narcotics unit also recently received an anonymous tip that drugs were being sold from a room at the motor lodge, record said, prompting the search warrant.

Both Crowley and Bevington were placed in the Clark County Jail and are expected to appear in Clark County Municipal Court at 10:30 a.m. today.

The investigation into Childress’ death is ongoing, according to a report.

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