When BPD Patrolman/K-9 Handler Kenny Hill arrived, Karen Sutherlin allowed him to check her apartment. However, when Hill noticed drugs and paraphernalia laying in plain view, two juveniles and Derek Taylor -- who has been previously notified of a court order to not be on any property of the Brazil Housing Authority -- in the residence, Sutherlin refused to let the officer continue without a search warrant.
Hill told the couple they would be taken into custody while he applied for the warrant, Taylor, 45, for trespassing and Sutherlin, 52, for possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
The couple was transported to the Clay County Justice Center without incident, while Child Protective Services was contacted to ensure the proper care and safety of the children. No further information was released about the juveniles, although officials confirmed a case report has been forwarded to CPS.
When the search warrant arrived, officers discovered various narcotics and paraphernalia located throughout the apartment, including burnt marijuana cigarettes, pseudoephedrine caplets, digital scales, glass-smoking pipes, baggies with a white powder substance, rolling papers, syringes and several containers that field tested positive for methamphetamine residue and others that tested positive for marijuana.
The two appeared for their initial hearings on Thursday.
Taylor was formally charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of a single precursor, neglect of a dependent, two counts of possession of marijuana, two counts of possession of paraphernalia and criminal trespass in Clay Superior Court. Judge J. Blaine Akers has tentatively set a jury trial date for Nov. 2.
Sutherlin was formally charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of a single precursor, neglect of a dependent, possession of marijuana and two counts of possession of paraphernalia in Clay Circuit Court. Judge Joseph Trout has tentatively set a jury trial date for Nov. 16.
Due to the ongoing investigation, further information is not available.