On Wednesday, Brazil City Police Department Patrolman/K-9 Handler Kenny Hill followed a vehicle with two people inside that had a taillight out for a brief period before initiating a traffic stop after 11 p.m.
The driver of the Ford Escort pulled over in the parking lot of the Speedway Gas Station, 301 W. National Ave., Brazil. Patrolman Jeff Bucklin and Reserve Patrolman Eric Vanatti arrived afterward to assist with the stop.
When Hill questioned Kori C. Nevins, 31, he discovered she did not have a valid drivers' license. When he asked her to step outside of the car, which she did, Hill reported seeing what appeared to be drugs in plain sight inside the car door.
The officers also asked the passenger, Susan M. Burrows, 26, to step out of the vehicle.
During questioning, both women consented to a search request by the officers.
Nevins had prescription drugs she did not have a doctor's slip for and an open alcohol container inside the car.
Officers found Burrows was in possession of approximately 2 grams of methamphetamine allegedly packaged for sale, an undisclosed amount of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia, which included digital scales and a stack of an undisclosed amount of money.
Nevins was booked on preliminary charges of maintaining a common nuisance and possession of a controlled substance and a traffic infraction, while Burrows was booked on preliminary charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.
However, the Clay County Prosecutor's Office modified the charges Thursday.
Nevins' charges were amended to a class D felony (punishable with a maximum of three years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine) possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, a class D felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance and a class A infraction (punishable with a maximum fine of up to $10,000) of driving while suspended.
Burrows' charges were amended to a class D felony possession of methamphetamine, class D felony possession of controlled substance, class A misdemeanor (punishable up to one year imprisonment and a $5,000 fine) charge of possession of paraphernalia and a class B misdemeanor (punishable up to 180 days imprisonment and a $1,000 fine) visiting a common nuisance.
When the two women later appeared in Clay Superior Court, Judge Blaine Akers appointed Geoffrey Creason as Nevins' defense counsel and attorney James Organ as Burrows' counsel. Both women were scheduled for separate jury trials but on the same date, March 2, 2009.
Jail officials confirmed to The Brazil Times Friday evening that both women remain incarcerated at this time without bond while awaiting further court proceedings.