Although details are limited due to the ongoing investigation, Brazil Police Chief Dave Archer confirmed officers were looking for a juvenile reportedly violating parental house arrest when they stopped a truck driven by Kathleen Rogers, 18, Reelsville, and occupied by Tyler Myers, 18, Brazil, and two other juveniles.
When Patrolman/K-9 Handler Kenny Hill identified the juvenile he was looking for, he approached the vehicle and smelled the strong odor of marijuana.
After briefly questioning Rogers, Hill retrieved K-9 Officer Anya to perform a walk-around "sniff" of the vehicle and allegedly detected the scent of narcotics twice on the vehicle.
After getting consent to search, officers allegedly discovered marijuana in the dashboard compartment of the vehicle.
The four individuals, who allegedly admitted to smoking two "joints" at one of the juvenile's homes, were taken into custody. The parents of the detained juveniles were contacted to be present during questioning.
Case reports about the two juveniles involvement are being turned over to the Clay County Prosecutor's Office for review and potential formal charges to be filed in juvenile court. Due to privacy issues, further information will not be made public about the juvenile cases.
The information obtained during the initial questioning led officers to search an undisclosed residence and then to locate another individual who allegedly purchased and then resold the marijuana to the group.
Myers was preliminarily charged with possession of marijuana (under 30 grams), dealing marijuana/hash oil and dealing marijuana/hash oil/hashish.
Issued with $5,000 cash bonds with 10 percent allowed, Jordan Myers, Tyler Myers and Kathleen Rogers have all since bonded out of jail to await further court proceedings per the court calendar.
Using the information gathered during the questioning of all the suspects, officers went to the undisclosed address of Arley G. Wright, 36, Brazil.
After questioning, Wright was taken into custody and preliminarily charged with one count each of dealing methamphetamine, dealing marijuana/hash oil/hashish, possession of marijuana (under 30 grams), possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.
"It is illegal to sell drugs within a 1,000 feet of a public housing project," Archer told The Brazil Times Wednesday. "(Wright) lived in government housing, which means his highest charge will most certainly be enhanced to a class A felony."
According to jail officials, Wright is incarcerated on a $50,000 cash bond with no 10 percent allowed awaiting formal court proceedings per the court calendar.
The investigation continues according to Archer, who believes there is potential for future arrests stemming from this case.
CLARIFICATION JAN 3 2009
Arley G. Wright's privately owned residence was inadvertently identified as being part of government housing. However, officials confirmed Jan. 3, 2009, that the residence is located within 1,000 feet of a "public housing unit."