The woman who was implicated in an drug-related incident in August at the Clark State Forest finally had her initial court hearing on November 13.
According to court records, an arrest warrant was issued on September 30 for Sharon Spence, 44, Scottsburg, based on evidence gathered at the August 26 incident.
Spence is being charged with dealing in methamphetamine, possession of the drug, participating in an illegal drug lab/possession or sale of precursors, illegal possession of a hypodermic needle and possession of other drug paraphernalia.
Spence and her male companion, Charles Hodge, were found last August by Robert Brewington, a Department of Natural Resources officer, by Wilcox Lake, which is partially in Scott County in the Clark State Forest. Brewington became suspicious of the pair and, once permission was obtained from Spence to search their vehicle, the officer found methamphetamine in the vehicle. The illegal drug had allegedly been recently manufactured by Hodge in a location near Scottsburg.
Meth-coated coffee filters and crystals of meth were found either near Spence or in her purse. A bucket was found in the vehicle’s rear hatch area that Officer Brewington said matched the description of a “one-pot” method of manufacturing methamphetamine.
Further, a search of purchasing records for pseudoephedrine revealed that the pair had purchased products containing that ingredient weeks and days leading up to August 26.
Hodge was immediately taken into custody. His charges, all filed in Scott Circuit Court, include dealing in meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of methamphetamine, possession of chemical reagents/precursors, dumping controlled substance waste and possession of paraphernalia. His jury trial on these charges is now scheduled for March 17, 2015.
Hodge is now incarcerated at the Washington County Jail in Salem.
Upon her preliminary plea of not guilty, Spence was scheduled for trial next April 7. Her bond was originally set at $25,000 by corporate surety bond or $5,000 by cash, but Judge Roger Duvall allowed her release on her own recognizance as long as she resides at 1220 Birchtree Lane in Scottsburg and remains under pre-trial supervision by officers with the Scott County Probation Department.