A jury handed down a conviction in a 2005 drug arrest involving a Coalmont man.
Shortly before 1 p.m., today, Kenneth J. Brown, 46, was found guilty in Clay Circuit Court on all four counts he was charged with in 2005, including class B felony dealing in narcotic drug (methamphetamine), class C felony possession of a controlled substance within a 1,000 feet of a public park, class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia and class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger explained to The Brazil Times the state had to pursue the original charges filed against Brown at the trial, although statutes in Indiana have separated methamphetamine charges from other types of narcotics charges.
On July 8, 2005, the Clay County Sheriff's Department was notified of information about an alleged drug dealer located at a Coalmont residence from an earlier drug arrest by the Linton Police Department. Brown was arrested after officers located drugs and various drug paraphernalia in the home.
After entering a judgment of conviction, Trout remanded Brown into the custody of the Clay County Justice Center without bond while awaiting the Jan. 12, 2009 sentencing hearing.
The potential penalty Brown faces at the sentencing hearing for the class B felony conviction is 6-20 years with the Indiana Department of Correction.
See the full story in Thursday's edition of The Brazil Times.