A local round-up of individuals suspected of being involved in selling and/or using drugs took place in Scott County on Sunday, March 6, and Monday, March 7, and resulted in the arrests of seven people, three men and four women.
The service of a search warrant based on a narcotics investigation at 554 South Second Street in Scottsburg occurred on Sunday. The house was the residence of Morgan M. Richey, 30, and Corey Daniel Smith, 22.
The department used its K-9 officer, Arina, in a “free air sniff” of the premises. The trained dog “hit” on several areas in the house which deputies then began to search.
Methamphetamine (meth) and paraphernalia associated with drug dealing and with the use of drugs were located. Some of the meth appeared to be bagged for sale.
Additionally, the woman's cell phone reportedly displayed a photo of what appeared to be bagged meth. Cited was an alleged text conversation between Richey and Smith, with Richey asking Smith, “What did you do with the dope?” Smith purportedly replied that he had given it to a third party.
Each defendant was charged with dealing in methamphetamine, a Level 4 felony; possession of meth, a Level 6 felony; and maintaining a common nuisance, also a Level 6 felony.
Initial court hearings were conducted for the pair on Thursday, March 10, in Scott Circuit Court. Preliminary pleas of not guilty were entered, and bails were set at $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $10,000 by cash. An initial jury trial date of August 2 was scheduled for each. Both indicated they want to hire attorneys.
Because Richey was on probation in a 2008 drug case when she was arrested on the new charges, a Notice of Prior Offense was filed by the Prosecutor's Office as was a petition for detainer and/or greater-than-standard bond. The prior offense notice could add time to any sentence if Richey is convicted. She is being held on the detainer petition, her first 15 days without bond.
Matthew Haynes, 22, and Carly Boley, 23, were taken into custody at 550 Rosewalk Drive, Lot 48, when officers with the Sheriff's Department, Scottsburg department and Indiana State Police executed another search warrant around 2:45 p.m.
Sheriff Dan McClain said officers “...interrupted and dismantled a drug operation...” at the mobile home apparently owned by Haynes. A total of 15 grams of methamphetamine, 4.5 grams of heroin, Opana and drug-related paraphernalia were seized. Also found was $610 in cash.
Purportedly, both Haynes and Boley told officers they sold methamphetamine “...to close friends...” and said they weren't “...big (drug) kingpins...” They also said they were drug addicts, the probable cause affidavit stated.
Sean Whobrey, 26, Austin, and Lindsey Goldman-Trick, 28, Bloomington, were taken into custody by Deputy Arnold and Chief Deputy Don Campbell after Campbell made a traffic stop at Montgomery and North Second Streets in Scottsburg.
Whobrey was driving the vehicle, a black Buick, and apparently admitted to the officers that the car contained narcotics. A soft drink can in the center console contained a baggie with less than three grams of methamphetamine.
The pair was transported to the Scott County Security Center, and that's when things got a little more interesting. According to jailers processing Goldman-Trick, the woman had a plastic baggie hidden in her crotch which contained about two grams of methamphetamine and .02 grams of heroin. A set of digital scales was also found by Chief Deputy Campbell when he was inventorying the car's contents.
During the evening hours, another search warrant, this time for 64 Oak Drive in Scottsburg, was served on Carmyn Porter, 24, who lived there with her mother.
Detective Jeremy Arnold took the lead in this investigation, with the Sheriff's Department getting several tips about several individuals reportedly visiting the residence briefly and about Porter driving frequently to local gas stations and allegedly selling drugs there.
Det. Arnold and Deputies Rex Herald and Jac Sanders served the search warrant on Porter's mother. In the young woman's bedroom, Deputy Arnold said he saw a brownish powder scattered on the floor. It tested positively for heroin.
Searching further, he said he found additional heroin residue, all of which amounted to less than three grams. A locked safe was found under Porter's bed.
When the safe was opened by Porter, officers discovered it contained $4,290 in cash. When Deputy Arnold asked the woman's mother if she was aware of Porter having any large amounts of money, the mother said no, that Porter had been unemployed for some time and that her daughter owed her money.
Porter was taken into custody and transported to the Scott County Security Center.
Late on Wednesday morning, March 9, Boley, Goldman-Trick, Haynes, Whobrey and Porter were advised of their rights by Judge Duvall. He also told the defendants that the Prosecutor's Office had filed for and received 72-hour continuances of their initial hearings. Consequently, charges were not yet available for the five.
As the judge had told them, initial hearings were conducted Friday morning, March 11. Preliminary pleas of not guilty were entered for each defendant, and initial trial dates were set in August. Each defendant's bail was set at $50,000 by surety bond or $10,000 cash.
The attorney who appeared to represent Boley on that Wednesday waived a formal reading of her rights and charges on Friday. Her felony charges are dealing in over ten grams of a narcotic drug; dealing in a narcotic drug in the amount of one and five grams; possession of meth; possession of a narcotic drug; and maintaining a common nuisance. She is also charged with Class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.
On a defense motion, Boley's bail was altered to $10,000 by surety bond or 10% cash if she resides with either of her parents and submit to in-patient addiction treatment.
Porter also had a hired attorney to help her at the initial hearing. Her charges include Level 5 felony dealing in cocaine, Level 6 felony possession of cocaine and Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance.
Her bail was lowered to $10,000/10% cash. If she files bail, Porter was told by Judge Duvall that she must reside with her mother, and the premises will be subject to random searches and she will undergo random drug testing. Porter was also told she may seek addiction counseling and/or treatment.
Both bond reductions were made over the objections of Deputy Prosecutor Amanda Herald. Apparently, a report made to the judge that the Scott County Security Center had 57 women among its inmates that Friday had a bearing on the bond reductions as well.
Judge Duvall then turned his attention to Haynes. His charges are Level 2 dealing in meth, Level 4 dealing in heroin, Level 4 possession of at least ten grams of meth, Level 6 possession of heroin, Level 6 maintaining a common nuisance and Class C misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.
Goldman-Trick faces charges of Level 4 dealing in meth, Level 5 dealing in heroin, Level 6 charges of possession of meth and possession of heroin and Class B misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance.
She was placed on a 15-day hold without bail through the State's petition for detainer filed against her.
Whobrey has charges of Level 4 dealing in meth, Level 5 dealing in heroin, Level 6 possession of meth, Level 6 possession of heroin and Level 6 maintaining a common nuisance.
The cases of Haynes, Goldman-Trick and Whobrey were assigned to public defenders.