A Brazil juvenile is in adult trouble, again.
According to court documents, Brock J. Mathews, 17, was recently arrested on two outstanding warrants for alleged probation violations for separate convictions that were waived to adult court and various new drug related charges.
Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger explained "adult adjudication" to The Brazil Times in a telephone interview Wednesday evening.
"Once a juvenile is waived to adult court, and then convicted, any further criminal action is filed as adult charges," Reberger said. "These charges are only allegations, Mathews is considered innocent until proven guilty in the eyes of the law."
On April 2, an off-duty sheriff's deputy, who was aware of the outstanding warrants, initially stopped Mathews as he walked west along National Avenue. Mathews was taken into custody without incident when other officers arrived.
According to the probable cause statement, officers discovered Mathews was in possession of various controlled substances and prescription drugs, marijuana in an amount of more than 30 grams, digital scales and a knife with a blade that opens automatically. The way some of the drugs were packaged led officers to believe they were packaged for sale.
Officers involved in the arrest noted on the court documents that Mathews was arrested within 1,000 feet of a daycare center and two pre-schools.
Mathews was booked into the Clay County Justice Center, without bond, on the two warrants for petition to revoke probation.
Because of the items found in his possession at the time of his arrest, Mathews was also charged with a class B felony charge of Dealing in a schedule IV controlled substance, a class C felony charge of Possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony of Unlawful possess or use of a legend drug, a class D felony charge of Possession of Marijuana and a class B misdemeanor charge of Possession of a switchblade knife.
Although facing three separate cases, Mathews is not subject to the "three strikes law."
Reberger said a person must be convicted of three prior felony charges to be subject to this type of formal charge.
Mathews does not qualify at this time.
Jail officials confirmed Wednesday evening that Mathews remains incarcerated at the Clay County Justice Center.