Keith Edward Fields, 46, was wanted on felony drug charges in Clay County when he was located at the home of Angela Ruth Douthitt in Linton and taken into custody by Indiana State Police Sgt. Richard C. Effner with assistance from Linton Police Det. Josh Goodman and Dep. U.S. Marshal Gregory Snyder.
As a result of the circumstances police found when they arrived at Douthitt's residence, more charges were filed against both Fields and Douthitt last week in Greene County Circuit Court and warrants for their arrest were issued Monday.
Fields was one of 40 persons who had warrants issued for them in Clay County Superior Court on Aug. 4, which resulted in a massive drug sweep on Aug. 5, in which most suspects were rounded up and arrested.
Fields remained at-large until his arrest in Linton.
Charges against Fields in Clay County included possession of methamphetamine, a class B felony, maintaining a common nuisance, a class D felony, and possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.
Following his arrest, Fields was transported to the Clay County Justice Center, where he was booked in under $25,000 bond.
The preliminary charges filed against both Fields and Douthitt in Greene County include possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor, possession of marijuana with a prior conviction for possession of marijuana, a class D felony, and maintaining a common nuisance, a class D felony.
The reason both were charged in Greene County is detailed in a probably cause affidavit written by ISP Sgt. Effner.
When the officers knocked on Douthitt's door with the warrant for Fields, there was a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the trailer when Douthitt answered the door. When they entered the trailer, they observed in plain view a green plant material, scissors, a hand-rolled cigarette burnt at one end and two packages of "Zig Zag" papers on a "Coca Cola" tray. The material field-tested positive for marijuana.
According to the affidavit, Douthitt voluntarily signed a consent to search and she stated that she and Fields had been smoking marijuana.
A criminal records check of Fields revealed that he had been arrested by the Greene County Sheriff's Department for possession of marijuana in 2004 and he was convicted in Greene County Superior Court in 2005.
A criminal records check of Douthitt revealed that she had been arrested by the Jasonville Police Department for theft and possession of marijuana in 2005 and she was convicted of the possession charge in 2005.