EVSC board member, restaurant owner Amy Word arrested Saturday

EVANSVILLE — Evansville police say school board member Amy Word “had knowledge” of narcotics trafficking at the West Franklin Street bar she owns, Lamasco Bar and Grill.

Word was booked into the Vanderburgh County jail at 6:34 a.m. Saturday morning on a charge listed as “controlled substance-common nuisance-maintaining,” a Level 6 felony.

She was later released after posting a $500 bond, according to jail logs. The Courier & Press left Word a phone message seeking comment. No one answered a knock on the door of her home.

Evansville Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Anna Gray said Word was one of 22 people arrested during the course of a narcotics investigation targeting drug trafficking along the Franklin Street corridor. According to police, that investigation has led to the seizure of pound-quantities of narcotics and multiple firearms.

In a news release, Gray said detectives initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle owned by Word at 4:30 a.m. Saturday. Detectives “noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle,” the news release states.

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