By IVY HERRON
On Monday, the Clay County Sheriff's Department released more details surrounding a Saturday drug bust at Villa Motel, 2186 W. US 40.
"We arrested James Levi Orman (age 17) for visiting a common nuisance at the Villa Motel during the drug bust Saturday," Det. Sgt. Rob Gambill said Monday. "The investigation into the matter is ongoing, and further charges could be filed as the prosecutor reviews the case."
Indiana Code: 31-30-3-2 Section 2 states that a juvenile can stand trial as an adult under certain conditions.
After full investigation and hearing by authorities, a prosecuting attorney can make a motion to waive jurisdiction by the juvenile court to adult court if it finds a juvenile (at least 14 years old) charged with a heinous or aggravated act against a person or property is a part of a repetitive pattern of delinquent acts, beyond rehabilitation under the juvenile justice system and is in the best interest of the safety and welfare of the community.
"Orman's name can be released because he has been previously waived to adult court on another legal matter," Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger said. "Once that has been done officially by the court, a person will continue to be charged as an adult for any other possible criminal charges they face in the future."
Members of Clay County Sheriff's Department, Brazil City Police, Clay City Police and the Carbon Police departments obtained search warrants after receiving information about drug activity in two separate rooms at the Villa Motel from three confidential informants and a concerned citizen.
Seven individuals were taken into custody on various preliminary drug and firearms related charges and booked into the Clay County Justice Center to await arraignment.
Details about a woman and her 17-month old child found in one of the rooms during the raid are not being released at this time to maintain the integrity of the ongoing investigation.
"There was great cooperation between departments during this case. The information the three officers (Clay County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Rob Gambill, Deputy Jerry Siddens and Brazil City Patrolman Kenny Hill) obtained was not enough to make a case individually, but once put together we were able to move quickly into action," Gambill said. "This is a case that proves that any information the public can give us helps."