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Speeding violation lands Bloomington man in jail

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Marcus Etnier
A recent traffic stop leads to allegations of drug possession and dealing against a Bloomington man.

According to information provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Marcus Allen Etnier, 20, was taken into custody after a sheriff's deputy initiated a traffic stop for an alleged speeding violation on State Road 46 near Bowling Green.

Officials confirmed the deputy noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle while initially questioning an apparently intoxicated Etnier.

During a subsequent search of the vehicle, officers located approximately a half-pound of marijuana and a glass-smoking pipe.

Etnier was transported to the Clay County Justice Center and preliminarily booked on charges of Operating a vehicle while intoxicated, possession of paraphernalia, possession marijuana under 30 grams and dealing marijuana, hashish and hash oil.

Bonding out later that day after paying a $7,000 cash bond, Etnier is currently awaiting formal court proceedings on the matter.

On Thursday, after a case review, the Clay County Prosecutor's Office formally filed charges against Etnier, including class D felonies of Dealing Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana, class A misdemeanor charges of Possession of paraphernalia and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and a class D misdemeanor charge of Operating a Vehicle with a Schedule 1 or 11 Controlled Substance or Its Metabolite In The Body.

Attorney Jason Brown filed an appearance on behalf of Etnier on Thursday.

The case is currently waiting to be set per the court calendar for further proceedings.

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