Linda Smith
Linda Smith
A fast-food chain restaurant in Scottsburg has voluntarily closed after an investigation into reports of drug activity, which led to the arrest of an employee.

A news release from the Scott County Sheriff’s Office Thursday, April 11 reported the arrest of Linda Smith, 32, of Scottsburg, on charges of possession of a controlled substance, paraphernalia, false informing, trafficking with an inmate and maintaining a common nuisance.

Neither the Sheriff’s Office nor the Scott County Health Department released the name of the restaurant; however, Smith’s Facebook page listed her employment at two local restaurants, one of which was the Long John Silver’s. After contacting both restaurants, The Madison Courier was informed by an employee at the other restaurant that it had not closed for any reason. A Long John Silver’s employee declined to comment.

The news release said several tips of alleged drug activity at the restaurant led to surveillance of the restaurant. After conducting a traffic stop, Deputies Joe Baker, Darin Marshall and Phillip Thomas went to the restaurant to begin an investigation that led to the arrest of Smith. James Smith, 28, of Austin, also was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a common nuissance and driving while suspended.

The sheriff’s office said the restaurant is cooperating with the health department. Anyone with information about the restaurant should contact the health department at 812-752-8455.