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Area man arrested on drug charges

Monday, July 14, 2008

A court-issued arrest warrant was served during the weekend on the son of a woman arrested for several drug-related charges and maintaining a common nuisance in late June.

As part of that earlier investigation, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times that Justin L. Myrtle, 23, Brazil, was arrested on two class D felony charges of possession of controlled substance (prescription drugs), one count each of class D felony possession of marijuana over 30 grams, class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia and a class D felony maintaining a common nuisance for his involvement and connection with a June 18 search warrant at a rural Brazil residence once occupied and recently vacated by his mother Virginia "Dee" M. Myrtle, 44.

Virginia was arrested at a Vigo County storage unit on two counts of class D felony charges of possession of controlled substance, one count each of class D felony possession of marijuana in excess of 30 grams, class D felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance and a class A misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia.

On June 30, she was booked into the Clay County Justice Center and remains incarcerated on a $7,000 cash bond, with no 10 percent allowed.

Justin was booked into the Clay County Justice Center on a $7,000 cash bond, with no 10 percent allowed.

Information and evidence collected during the search on June 18 allowed the Clay County Prosecutor's Office to apply for an arrest warrant for Justin in Clay Circuit Court on June 27.

If convicted of the current formal charges, he faces potential imprisonment up to 13 years and $45,000 in fines.

However, according court documents, Justin also has two outstanding criminal cases in the Clay County Court system.

In November 2007, he was formally charged with one count of class D felony charge of possession of methamphetamine, and two class B misdemeanor charges, one for battery and the other for criminal mischief, for an incident involving his mother.

In May, Justin was formally charged again with possession of methamphetamine.

Pleading not guilty while appearing by videoconference in Clay Superior Court Monday, Justin was appointed Geoffrey Creason as legal counsel and a pre-trial conference was scheduled for Aug. 18, with a jury trial scheduled for Oct. 6.

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One down... 1oo's to go! Great job law enforcement! Keep the busts coming!

-- Posted by sassypants on Tue, Jul 15, 2008, at 6:51 AM

I think his Mother is well on her way to being 'Mother of the Year'.

He appears as happy as we are that he was caught. Always nice to give a guy like this what he asks for.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Jul 15, 2008, at 9:51 AM

Another great job by the Clay County Sheriffs Department and excellent job getting the drug user's off the street. Way to go Sheriff Heaton and Deputies.

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Tue, Jul 15, 2008, at 2:33 PM

Another great job by the Sheriff's Department. If I've read this right, this is Myrtle's third drug case in less than a year. Why was he released from jail after he was arrested for meth a second time? It looks like his bond should have been revoked in the first case when he was arrested a second time. The Clay County Sheriff's Department & BPD keep catching them and the court keeps turning them loose.

-- Posted by snow on Tue, Jul 15, 2008, at 11:47 PM


check the indiana department of correction web site and search the offender locator. this joker has already done hard time.

-- Posted by IIVIIy Name Is on Tue, Jul 22, 2008, at 10:00 PM

He's smiling because he knows when he goes to court that nothing will happen to him, slap them on the hand and let them go.

-- Posted by snow on Wed, Jul 23, 2008, at 3:56 PM

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