According to officials at the Brazil City Police Department, Patrolman/K-9 Handler Kenny Hill performed a traffic stop after 10 p.m., on the driver of a vehicle who allegedly failed to dim headlights to oncoming traffic and failed to use turn signals in an area near Depot and Church streets.
When Hill approached the driver, Melisa Irene Gilbert, 33, Terre Haute, she presented identification, but it was not a driver's license. During a routine background search, it was determined Gilbert did not have a valid driver's license.
K-9 Officer Anya indicated the potential presence of drugs during a walk around the blue Chrysler New Yorker with Hill, which is called an "outer vehicle sniff" by police officials.
While talking to the driver, Hill reported the three passengers inside the vehicle were acting suspiciously, allegedly sticking items in between the seats.
Once all the people were out of the vehicle, officers discovered Phillip Anderson, Terre Haute, was wanted on an outstanding warrant in Vigo County for failure to appear. He was immediately taken into custody and transported to officials at the Vigo County Sheriff's Department.
Dennis Wayne Dillon, 40, Terre Haute, had an undisclosed amount of syringes in his possession, some of which were reportedly shoved between the vehicle's seat cushions. He was taken into custody and booked into the Clay County Justice Center on a preliminary charge of class A misdemeanor reckless possession of paraphernalia.
Dillon remains incarcerated awaiting further formal court proceedings.
A third unidentified passenger was questioned and later released from the scene.
Gilbert was taken into custody and booked into the Clay County Justice Center on preliminary charges of driving while suspended, possession of schedule 2 and 4 controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia, possession of legend drug/precursor and possession of methamphetamine.
On Wednesday, formal charges were filed in Clay County Superior Court against Gilbert, who appeared by video conferencing. The charges included class C felony possession of legend drug/precursor-prior, two counts of class D felony possession of a controlled substance, class D felony possession of methamphetamine, class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia and a class A infraction for driving while suspended.
Superior Court Judge J. Blaine Akers set a jury trial for Aug. 3 and appointed Mathew R. Effner as public defender in the matter.
Gilbert remains incarcerated on a $7,000 cash bond (with no 10 percent allowed) awaiting further formal court proceedings.