The family, at an undisclosed residence, allowed officers of the Indiana State Police, Clay County Sheriff's Department and members of the Clay County Probation Department into the home to search for contraband around 11 a.m.
According to a probable cause affidavit on file at the courthouse, when no contraband was located inside the home, the person of interest took the officers to the garage. A red mustang was located inside with a handgun in plain view between the seat and console.
Officers determined the car belonged to Donald G. Sutherlin, 25, who was staying at the home. Two other weapons were discovered in a closet in the bedroom where Sutherlin was staying.
Sutherlin voluntarily unlocked the car to let officers check the weapon and do a search of the vehicle.
A cooler was found inside the car containing a Zip Lock bag with 147 grams of a green leafy substance inside, three small bags with seeds, a bag containing several pills described as schedule 3 controlled prescription drugs and various types of drug paraphernalia. A second Zip Lock bag was also discovered containing 434 grams of the same type of green leafy substance. Both bags were field tested and proved positive for marijuana.
The car was impounded and the three weapons were seized, photographed and logged into evidence.
During questioning, Sutherlin told officers the items belonged to him, but the people at the home were unaware of them. The person officers were initially investigating was not arrested at the time of the incident.
Sutherlin was arrested and booked into the Clay County Justice Center on preliminary charges of possession of marijuana more than 30 grams, dealing marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of schedule III controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, dealing schedule III controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.
Initially booked on a $10,000 no cash bond, bond was changed to $50,000 with 10 percent allowed during arraignment proceedings in Clay Circuit Court late Friday evening.
A preliminary not guilty plea was entered on Sutherlin's behalf and a jury trial was scheduled for Sept. 2, at 9 a.m. Sutherlin bonded out of jail on Monday to await further court proceedings.