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September 20, 2013

Alleged sheet theft leads to drug bust

TRAVERSE CITY — Suspicion that an alleged sheet-stealing hotel guest returned to the scene of the crime led to a downstate man’s arrest on charges he planned to sell cocaine and heroin.

A Grand Traverse County sheriff’s deputy responded to a larceny complaint at the Pointes North Beachfront Resort Hotel in East Bay Township on Sept. 16. The deputy reported that Kamon Xaviertravon Arnold invited him into the room and during a conversation told the deputy he bought drugs in Detroit and brought them to Traverse City to sell.

“I know it doesn’t sound right, but it was that simple,” said sheriff’s Capt. Dave Meachum. “An honest dealer.”

The deputy was called to Pointes North to evict and possibly arrest Ashley Lynn Hendershott, but mostly to recover the hotel’s sheets, Meachum said. Hendershott previously rented a room and hotel employees told police she admitted taking the sheets and promised to return them.

She failed to follow through and the hotel manager called police when he saw she had rented another room.

When the deputy arrived at the room Arnold invited him to come inside and see that Hendershott wasn’t there, Meachum said.

The deputy smelled marijuana and asked Arnold about it, Meachum said. Arnold told the deputy he smoked it himself but didn’t sell it. The deputy was suspicious because cash also was visible and the deputy peered inside a partially open bathroom door and saw what appeared to be bags of drugs.

Arnold identified the bags as crack cocaine he intended to sell, Meachum said. Later tests showed one of the bags also contained heroin.

Noelle Moeggenberg, chief assistant prosecuting attorney for Grand Traverse County, said the drugs, including the marijuana, were in plain sight.

Prosecutors charged Arnold, 20, of Taylor, with two counts of delivering or manufacture of a controlled substance less than 50 grams, felonies each punishable by up to 20 years in prison; a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana, and being a habitual offender third-offense, which doubles the maximum sentence for the controlled substance charges to 40 years.

Hendershott was not in the room and she has not been charged. The status of the sheets is unknown.

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