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Meth suspect back in jail

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

James Lofland
A suspect allegedly involved in the discovery of a clandestine meth lab during a traffic stop is back in jail.

James Lofland, 40, Terre Haute, was taken into custody Friday on an outstanding arrest warrant for petition to revoke probation filed in the summer 2009 incident.

On June 2, 2009, Lofland allegedly was a riding in the back of a pickup truck and pouring a smelly liquid out of a container before throwing it away while officers attempted to pull the vehicle over.

Officers reported smelling a strong chemical odor commonly associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine when they got closer.

Lofland was formally charged with dealing methamphetamine, dumping a controlled substance/waste, illegal possession of anhydrous ammonia, possession of chemical reagents or precursors with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and visiting a common nuisance.

Incarcerated on an initial $25,000 cash bond, which was later reduced to $10,000 (with 10 percent allowed), Lofland was released on the condition he would obey all laws.

On Oct. 23, 2009, Lofland was charged with two drug allegations in a separate unrelated incident in Vigo County.

Clay Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers issued a petition to revoke bond and an arrest warrant on Nov. 10, 2009.

Vigo County officers located and took Lofland into custody on the warrant Friday.

On Monday, Lofland appeared by video conference before Judge Akers from the Clay County Justice Center.

Mathew Effner was appointed as defense counsel, a jury trial was tentatively scheduled for June 14, and a cash bond of $50,000 (with no 10 percent) was accepted.

Meanwhile, two other suspects arrested during the June 2, 2009, incident will also appear in court.

Michael Pitts
Michael Pitts, 48, Brazil, the alleged driver of the vehicle, appeared before Clay Superior Court Judge Joseph Tout with his defense attorney Jason Brown Tuesday to request a continuance in his case.

Pitts is scheduled to appear in a tentatively scheduled jury trial for dealing methamphetamine, illegal possession of anhydrous ammonia, possession of precursors, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, reckless possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance on April 5.

Sherry Lanahan
The alleged front-seat passenger, Sherry Lanahan, 36, Terre Haute, will appear in Clay Circuit Court on formal charges of dealing methamphetamine, illegal possession of anhydrous ammonia, two counts of possession of methamphetamine, reckless possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance in a jury trial, tentatively scheduled on April 5.

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