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Two drug suspects plead guilty

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Brandi Monfort
Two suspects arrested on various drug related allegations after a traffic stop nearly a year ago have pled guilty in Clay Circuit Court.

Attorney James Organ represented both Brandi Monfort, 29, and Thomas R. Lange, 41, both from Brazil, in the matter.

According to information provided by Brazil City Police Department, on March 29, 2008, an officer initiated a traffic stop on Monfort, who allegedly ran a stop sign. However, she kept driving for a short period of time before stopping.

As the officer questioned Monfort he noticed Lange acting strange by allegedly trying to hide his face from view with his sweatshirt.

Later, officers discovered Lange was in possession of paraphernalia and an undisclosed amount of marijuana, while Monfort also had an undisclosed amount of marijuana in her purse during a pat down search.

Lange was arrested and booked on preliminary charges of possession of paraphernalia, common nuisance and possession of marijuana, under 30 grams.

During the routine booking process, officers discovered Monfort was also in possession of an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine.

Monfort was booked on preliminary charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, common nuisance and possession of marijuana, under 30 grams.

Thomas R. Lange
According to court records, on June 9, 2008, Lange appeared with Organ before Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout to enter a guilty plea to class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana. As part of the agreement, Lange was sentenced to serve one year at the Clay County Justice Center, all suspended with the exception of 60 days. Lange was allowed good time credit (if earned) and credit for 27 actual days previously served.

Upon release, Lange will be placed on probation for one year, which the court ordered may be transferred to another county if approved by the probation department.

In January, according to court documents, Monfort appeared before Trout to enter into a plea agreement with the Clay County Prosecutor's Office.

Monfort agreed to plead guilty to class C felony possession of methamphetamine in exchange the state would drop the remaining two charges in the case. The plea agreement proposed Monfort serve six years at the Indiana Department of Correction. The agreement suspended one year, allowed good time credit (if earned) and credited Monfort with 284 actual days previously served.

Trout recommended Monfort be placed into the IDOC Clean Lifestyle is Freedom Forever (C.L.I.F.F.) program.

Upon release, Monfort will be placed on formal probation for one year.

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why not put them on an island with bread and water and maybe they would think about poising our children with drugs when they get out.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Thu, Feb 26, 2009, at 9:36 AM

I don't know why this woman is using drugs and getting into trouble when she's got a housefull of kids depending on her. But as long as Welfare and the working public pays for it, she will have the money to get them..I don't understand how these young people can just throw their kids aside for such things . But lifestyles today is not what they used to be.More and more, its getting to where parents don't raise their kids...grandparents do..Which is wrong.But their is no way to solve this problem without hurting the kids.

-- Posted by KT48 on Sun, Mar 1, 2009, at 12:44 AM

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