Austin mother confronted by more charges after arraignment on drug dealing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 09:07

An Austin couple who have pleaded not guilty to charges of dealing in a narcotic drug remain incarcerated at the Scott County Security Center in Scottsburg.

Jimmy W. Neace, 33, and his wife, Elisa Marie Neace, 22, are both charged with dealing in a narcotic drug, dealing in a Schedule 4 controlled substance, neglect of a dependent and maintaining a common nuisance, all felonies ranging from Level 3 to Level 6 under Indiana law.

In addition, the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office filed dealing in methamphetamine and dealing in a substance represented to be a controlled substance, both felonies, against Elisa Marie Neace three days later.

The original drug dealing charges came from a tip which led Deputy Shawn Mayer of the Sheriff’s Department to the couple. A “buy” was scheduled on March 1 in Scottsburg based on that information. After several hours, the couple arrived to the agreed site of the exchange.

Elisa Neace spoke with the purchaser, with both going to the Neace vehicle.

The affidavit said the woman reached into the rear of the vehicle and handed an item to the buyer. The buyer then gave her cash marked by the officer.

At that point, Deputy Justin Cheatham detained Elisa Neace.

Though the woman at first denied the exchange had taken place, she purportedly admitted the action later and returned the marked money.

Jimmy Neace was in the vehicle with the couple’s three small children. He allegedly admitted that he had accompanied his wife to the site for the purpose of selling the drugs. Those drugs allegedly included six Lortabs and ten Tramadol tablets. The cost involved, according to the affidavit, was $40.

Officers contacted the Department of Child Services regarding the youngsters and their custody.

Their parents were transported to the local jail, where they were held awaiting their initial hearings in Scott Circuit Court. The hearings were conducted Tuesday afternoon, March 3.

Following entry of the not guilty pleas, each was assigned an initial trial date of July 7 and was provided with a public defender.

Bond for each was set at $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $10,000 cash.

Elisa Neace found herself back in Circuit Court on Friday, March 6.

This time, she was charged with Level 2 dealing in methamphetamine and the Level 6 charge.

According to the probable cause affidavit by the Indiana State Police, Trooper Mike Bennett stated that the woman purportedly sold two “eight balls” of cocaine to him in Scottsburg last July 23. Testing of the substance, however, revealed that the “cocaine” was actually acetaminophen, a non-controlled drug.

On July 24, she allegedly sold Trp. Bennett, Trp. Barry Brown and another officer almost 28 grams of methamphetamine, also at a Scottsburg location.

Her initial trial date on the new charges is July 7. Bond is $50,000/$10,000. The new case was also turned over to a public defender.