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Three Terre Haute men arrested on drug-related charges

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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Gary A. Brownfield
Three Terre Haute residents were preliminarily charged in Clay Superior Court Tuesday on various drug-related charges in an ongoing drug investigation.

According to court documents on file at the Clay County Courthouse, the Clay County Prosecutor's Office presented charging allegations for Gary A. Brownfield, 59, Christopher Raymond Ziemendorf, 39, and Robin L. Lennox, 39, involving five formal felony charges as evidence of the need for their further incarceration Tuesday.

Although preliminary details are sketchy due to the ongoing investigation by members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department, officials confirmed the suspects were taken into custody during a traffic stop early Saturday morning.

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Robin L. Lennox
Apparently Brownfield was driving a white 1995 Dodge van, with passengers Ziemendorf and Lennox inside, at the time of the stop.

During the course of the arrests and subsequent search of the van, officers allegedly located more than 3 grams of methamphetamine, a glass smoking pipe and several syringes along with various chemical reagents or precursors used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, including camp stove fuel, hydrochloride pills and lithium batteries.

On Tuesday, all three suspects were formally charged with felony dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of chemical reagents or precursors with intent to manufacture a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia, while individually Ziemendorf and Lennox were charged with visiting a common nuisance and Brownfield was charged with maintaining a common nuisance. Each was assessed a $25,000 cash bond (with no 10 percent allowed) and remanded into the custody of jail officials at the Clay County Justice Center to await further court proceedings.

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Christopher Raymond Ziemendorf
On Wednesday, jail officials confirmed all three suspects were formally arraigned in Clay Superior Court and tentative dates for jury trials established for 2011. They all three remain incarcerated at the facility.


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Drug/alcohol users: Stay the HELL away from Clay County. You're going to end up getting caught. There's enough benign drug-infested families here the way it is.

I'd bet the traffic stop was due to a busted tail light or something as simple as no license plate light. The countless times they get away with these crimes, they need to invest in better vehicles, not P'sOS. Perhaps police use two strategies in deciding when to stop a vehicle: 1) they have PC, or 2) it's a POS.

One thing I can't understand is the line in the article which says "Apparently Brownfield was driving a white 1995 Dodge van, with passengers Ziemendorf and Lennox inside, at the time of the stop." "Apparently"? What the hell? Either he was driving and they were passengers or not. No "apparently" to it! Another thing is: "officers allegedly located more than" and it goes on to mention the illegal drugs and drug-related paraphernalia found in the vehicle.

This all makes me wonder who's on trial here: the law enforcement officers or the "alledged" criminals?

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Wed, Oct 27, 2010, at 10:30 PM

Dag, the news reporters started using that language a few years ago for C.Y.A. reasons. For instance they will report, "so and so allegedly robbed a bank" rather than saying "so and so robbed a bank". It's the innocent until proven guilty thing. They don't want to get sued. But....some papers will even use those terms after a person is found guilty. I've read it here in the Brazil Times. They have to be political correct you know.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Thu, Oct 28, 2010, at 12:01 AM

from the way dagnabitt is talking it makes a person wonder if he's one of those benign drug infested family. He should stop referring to everyone has one and make sure his home is in order before throwing out accusations at all the clay county families

-- Posted by brazil citizen on Thu, Oct 28, 2010, at 12:28 AM

hey wtfizdat if your reading this article. I thought for sure when I first seen the picture of Gary. I could a swore it was Derwood.LOL

and Bob is still an idiot...

-- Posted by (B_b) is an idiot !! on Thu, Oct 28, 2010, at 6:47 AM

will it ever stop? they are a drain on our society, 5 felonies, i think it should be a death penalty, but im sure there is a liberal out there that thinks they need just 1 more chance

-- Posted by otis66 on Thu, Oct 28, 2010, at 8:12 AM

God bless the Officers who made the stop in the early morning hours probably still dark, approaching an unknown possibly deadly situation, we owe them all a debt of gratitude for the job they do, put yourself in that situation of being the first Officer to make the initial contact most of the time without back up on the way and imagine having to do that all the time. When I read these articles I'm always very aware of the potential danger the Officers are in and always Thankful none of them are hurt.

-- Posted by Soni on Thu, Oct 28, 2010, at 8:38 AM

Good one, OTIS66 .. they don't even give killers, rapists or child molesters the death penalty! You want a sentence like that, move to Thailand.

CITIZEN - DAG said "There's enough benign drug-infested families here the way it is." And he's right. One family is one too many. I did not take his comment to mean "everyone has one".

Interesting that you did, though.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Oct 28, 2010, at 11:32 AM

The sad thing is, if they don't want to quit drinking/drugging, sticking them in jail will only keep them clean while they're in there. They will go right back to it when they get it.

-- Posted by th1953 on Thu, Oct 28, 2010, at 7:55 PM


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