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Inspection leads to large drug bust

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Late Saturday evening, Clay County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Dan Best and Deputy Brison Swearingen processed evidence collected during a narcotics bust during a routine in-home inspection with members of the Clay Community Corrections Department in the Center Point area. Ivy Jackson Photo.
A Center Point man involved in the in-home detention program was arrested for various drug-related charges over the weekend.

Shortly before 9 p.m., Saturday, the Clay Community Corrections Department contacted the Clay County Sheriff's Department for assistance during a routine inspection of Roger M. Hamblen's home, 5 East County Road 200 North, Center Point.

Hamblen, 46, was participating in the home detention program because of a prior conviction of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Offenders involved in the program know that officials are allowed to perform routine checks of their home at anytime. They are also not allowed to be involved in any illegal activity or in possession of firearms.

Roger Hamblen
When CCC Director John Tabasco and Officer Logan Whitman, CCSD Sgt. Dan Best and Deputy Brison Swearingen arrived, Hamblen was home with his wife and three children.

During the search, officers discovered drugs, various drug paraphernalia and two weapons, a shotgun and a rifle, were sitting in plain sight.

CCSD Drug Det. Jerry Siddons was contacted to assist with the investigation and collection of evidence.

Best confirmed to The Brazil Times approximately 463 grams of loose, unprocessed marijuana, more than 600 grams of partially smoked, pre-rolled marijuana cigarettes, 5 grams of cocaine powder and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia, including two sets of scales, were found inside the home.

With his probation revoked, Hamblen is currently being held at the Clay County Jail on preliminary charges of possession of cocaine or narcotic drug, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and neglect of dependent. Facing a $50,000 cash bond, Hamblen is expected to appear in court sometime this week for arraignment on the charges while officials continue the investigation.

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This guy must be a total idiot.

-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Tue, Mar 18, 2008, at 3:03 PM

"Gee, they'll never find this in my house where they do inspections because I'm on house arrest....damn, they found it"

-- Posted by JustinH on Thu, Mar 20, 2008, at 9:03 AM

Just goes to show how drugs ruin your life.

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Fri, Mar 21, 2008, at 10:36 AM

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