Two arrested on drug charges

A Monticello attorney and a business owner have been arrested and preliminarily charged with drug related offenses.

Charged were Ingrid Landis, the owner of Necessities, 109 N. Main St., and Clinton Hardesty, an attorney at Hardesty Law Office.

On May 10, at 5:45 p.m., White County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the residence of Ingrid Landis on West Shafter Drive near 400 East, according to Sgt. Matt White.

“Our 911 call center received a possible call for a burglary in progress at the Landis residence. (Ingrid Landis) reported there was a vehicle in the driveway that she did not recognize,” White said. “I arrived on scene, and with situations like that, we can utilize the K9. I used my K9 partner (Niro), and he helped with assisting in clearing the residence.

“During that process, a male was found to be inside the residence.”

Inside the residence was Monticello attorney Clinton Hardesty, 29.

Sgt. White requested and was granted a search warrant for the scene after observations provided him with probable cause during the call.

“That resulted in the arrests of Ingrid Landis and Clinton Hardesty,” White said.

Landis, 68, has been preliminarily charged with possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor, and possession of paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor.

Hardesty was preliminarily charged with possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor; possession of paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor; possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony; possession of Psilocybin, which is a schedule 1 controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of Legend Drug, a Level 6 felony.

Psilocybin is a hallucinogenic chemical obtained from certain types of fresh and dried mushrooms, according to the DEA. Street names for the drug include Magic Mushrooms, Shrooms, and Mushrooms.

A legend drug is a drug that requires a prescription, according to White.

Hardesty was out on bond as of Sunday, May 15. He claims he had permission to be in the home, had met the homeowner previously, and complied with everything asked of him by police.

“I was asleep,” he said. “I was in a relationship with the daughter of the homeowner. I had permission to be in the home. I was asleep and woke up to a text message from the daughter that her mom was home and I needed to leave.”

He said he complied with police orders to exit the residence.

“I heard the mom,” he said. “The police told me to come out, and I came out and complied.

“They went in and did the initial search. I don’t even have enough money for gas. I don’t even know how I would afford anything that was in there.

Hardesty said that he has been under a lot of stress, recently losing his public defender status, and “just kind of developed like bipolar (disorder).”

“It has been too much pressure,” he said. “(I’m) not cut out to be an attorney, something to that tune, I guess. It sucks.”

When asked about the charges of possession of Psilocybin, Hardesty claimed it was not what the police thought. The mushrooms, he claims, were Grey Mushrooms from a “Back to Roots – Organic Mushroom Mini-Grow Kit” that was purchased at Walmart.

“They are oyster mushrooms,” he said. “They are a gourmet mushroom.

“If there were any drugs that were in there it was not the mushrooms. I am confident those will come back normal.”

Hardesty said he is “dumbfounded” at the incident.

“I have clients all the time that say, ‘That was not mine,’” he said. “I was five minutes. I woke up and the next thing I know they were searching the home. They said my clothes were in the room with the drugs and mushrooms.”

White County Deputy Prosecutor Stacey Diener said that the prosecutor’s office will recuse themselves from the case due to Hardesty being a licensed attorney.

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