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Burn victim jailed on meth, other drug charges

A Corydon woman who is still recovering from critical burns in a possible methamphetamine fire in late April at Central was arrested recently on multiple drug charges, including meth, unrelated to the fire. And the man who was also critically burned in that fire is wanted on multiple drug-related charges, including meth.
Dia L. Glenn, 35, is in isolation at the Harrison County Jail due to her medical condition, said Gary Gilley, chief of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept.
Tracy Dunaway, 32, is avoiding arrest, according to police.
‘We have been looking for Tracy for a month or six weeks,’ said Gilley. ‘We have an outstanding warrant on him.’
The two were not arrested earlier on meth charges relating to the fire, Gilley said, because of their burns. Glenn and Dunaway underwent extensive, lengthy treatment, including skin grafts, in the burn unit at University of Louisville Hospital. They were admitted following an apparent meth explosion in a small, two-story frame house on April 30. The two caught fire but escaped the burning building by jumping from a window onto the front porch roof and then to the ground.
‘The county couldn’t afford the medical bills,’ Gilley said. ‘We couldn’t provide proper medical care here. It made no sense locking them up.’
Gilley, who is well versed in the battle against methamphetamine here and across the nation, said suffering such as Glenn and Dunaway experienced from the fire does not help prevent future use of methamphetamine.
‘It is so addictive, she can no more not do it than you can not take your next breath,’ Gilley said. ‘This is the most powerful drug in the world. It’s like going to Mars.
‘How in the hell are people going to get off it!’
Withdrawal is not physical ‘ such as it is with other drugs like heroine ‘ but mental. ‘Meth modifies the brain cells,’ Gilley said. ‘Some will never think straight again.’
Glenn was taken into custody on Nov. 26 about 9 p.m. on S.R. 64, after Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. police officer Dennis Asher stopped to assist a ‘stranded motorist’ in a vehicle stopped at the edge of the road with emergency flashers on.
According to his report, when Asher stopped behind the vehicle, Glenn got out and ‘yelled back that she was out of gas,’ already had someone bringing it and didn’t need assistance.
A routine check of the license plate showed the car registered to April Lacy, who is wanted on five felony drug warrants. Glenn told police who she was, said she was driving the car and had purchased it from Lacy.
However, she had no driver’s license or proof of insurance.
Asher was accompanied by Reserve Officer Daniel Hollensead and back-up was provided by Officer Mike Kurz. While Asher was contacting a wrecker to impound the car for false registration and no insurance, Kurz said Glenn told him everything in the vehicle belonged to her.
She gave Kurz consent to check her property, and Kurz said he found a ‘clear glass pipe with white powder residue in her black wallet,’ a plastic baggy containing two white coffee filters with white powder inside and a baggy containing a gray and brown substance.
Kurz said a pill bottle was found containing legend drugs and controlled substances, rolling papers, marijuana and a glass Pyrex tube inside her purse.
Gilley said the white substance was meth and the gray and brown substance was dried Psilocybin mushrooms, which cause hallucinations and has a street name of ‘Simple Simons.’
Kurz said Glenn apologized for lying to police and told them they don’t understand how difficult it is to ‘stay off the stuff.’
Gilley said an experimental treatment for meth addiction is in the works, but there are no guarantees.
‘It cost $12,000 to $15,000 a month, and it takes nine months, minimum. They hope to double the number of people who can kick the meth habit,’ Gilley said.