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Five arrested on drug allegations

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Heather (Bewely) West
The Clay County Sheriff's Department released details about an extended investigation and the arrest of five Clay City residents late Monday afternoon amid allegations of illegally selling prescription drugs.

According to officials, multiple arrest warrants were served at several undisclosed residences in Clay City.

Suspects taken into custody on the arrest warrants and preliminary charges include:

William Sims
* Harry Allen West, 59, on one count each of class B felony Dealing a Schedule II Controlled Substance and class D felony Maintaining a Common Nuisance,

* Heather (Bewely) West, 32, on two counts of class B felony Dealing a Schedule II Controlled Substance,

* Shawn West, 34, on one count of class B felony Dealing a Schedule II Controlled Substance,

* Barbra Wilson, 37, on class B felony Dealing a Schedule II Controlled Substance and class D felony Maintaining a Common Nuisance a class D-felony, and

Harry West
* William Sims, 46, on two counts of class B felony Dealing a Schedule III Controlled Substance, two counts class C felony Dealing a Schedule IV Controlled Substance and class D felony Maintaining a Common Nuisance. .

Shawn West
Officials at the Clay County Justice Center confirmed to The Brazil Times all five suspects remain incarcerated on $25,000 cash bonds (with no 10 percent allowed) to await formal court proceedings in the matter.

During the investigation, which began in October 2009, officials confirmed detectives were able to make controlled purchases of prescription medications from the suspects.

Barbara Wilson

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got to be proud !

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 6:07 AM

Another crop of losers off the street. Congrats.

-- Posted by Bruther on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 7:02 AM

What a bunch of losers. Harry West looks to be in his 70's. Just what drugs will do to you.

-- Posted by I'm Just Saying on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 7:26 AM


-- Posted by 4 ft. nuttin on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 9:06 AM

It's nice to see a family include their children, in-laws and friends into the family business. The American dream is alive and well in Brazil. (wipes tear)

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 10:52 AM

Good job CCSD! Stay safe and Gob bless.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 11:02 AM

$54 a day to keep each of them in prison according to latest Indiana numbers... Right here is $270 added to our expenses each day...for how many years to come?

Too bad more wasn't invested to educate them so they could have legitimate way to an income. Would have been less expensive to do it properly the first time instead of the schools writing them off when they were young and letting them get by with the minimum allowed by law..OR maybe they were homeschooled..You know, the deal in Indiana where you just TELL the authorities that you are homeschooling but there are no tests along the way to make sure you really are. Parents ruining their kids' lives and setting them up to be supported by those who do work and pay taxes for their entire life.

Sorry for the rant people but just seen too much of this since we moved here. You would think that things would change when the results of poor education and regulations were so evident.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 11:41 AM

what a good lookin bunch of people--notttt!!!!


-- Posted by clycogrl on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 11:47 AM

"Too bad more wasn't invested to educate them so they could have legitimate way to an income. Would have been less expensive to do it properly the first time instead of the schools writing them off when they were young and letting them get by with the minimum allowed by law"


Are you saying that these fine individuals took full advantage of their opportunities but somehow the "system" (AKA schools) failed them due to the lack of funding? That if more tax payer money had been spent along the way to challenge them and to keep them engaged academically they would have become responsible adults and strong contributors to society? At what point is the school system "off the hook" for the lack of parenting, lack of high expectations in the home, and for the lack of accountability for individual actions and choices?

An effective educational system is essential for the enrichment of communities and societies as a whole and should provide opportunities for all people seeking an education. However at some point, the individual has to take responsibility for their actions and their lot in life. I am having a hard time drawing the connection between the lack of school funding and these fine individuals being arrested on drug-related charges.

IMHO, the school system should not be expected to be the surrogate for effective parenting or individual accountability. The school system should provide opportunities and enrich the educational experience that should start in the home.

-- Posted by Brazil 78 on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 1:33 PM


-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 1:37 PM

There's an old saying out there Jenny that perhaps you've heard, "You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make them drink." Having spent many years as a teacher I can say with all sincerity that there are students out there that will NOT make the most of any opportunity they are given, they feel that they are owed something. But if you are to be believed that is the schools fault too. Apparently it's the schools fault that people make poor choices in their life. There IS something called PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY, but it's always easier to blame someone else for your own short-comings. Think about it.

-- Posted by Mr. History on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 1:56 PM


-- Posted by clycogrl on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 2:18 PM

lol, 4 years in the army and away from this town, just to come back home and find out things have not changed. Its dumb shits like this that are the reason I couldnt go to fricken kroger at midnight the other night with a sinus infection and get a box of sudafed. And its not the prescription drugs that make them look so aged, its the meth the do along with it. It makes me wanna punch a cop just so i can get arrested and put in the same cell as these morons and put my foot in their ass.

-- Posted by zandelar123 on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 2:32 PM

oh and trish, stop defending these people. Your lack of grammar in your post suggests that you are among the highschool dropouts that are cooking and dealing this crap in our town.

-- Posted by zandelar123 on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 2:36 PM

Hey pwhite22 ever here of a book called a dictionary, or even spell check?

-- Posted by giveahootbusted on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 2:38 PM

Jenny, you must have been home schooled or told that you were. This is more probably a case of low gene pool due to inbreeding. And I am sure the 270 dollars a day is not that bad compared to what we were paying in S.S., medacaid, etc.... Were do you think the "prescription" drugs were coming from, we were paying for them. You really need to wake up or just get put to sleep.

-- Posted by gman7799 on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 2:40 PM

"ever here" ??? I think you meant to say "hear". Maybe before you scold someone for not using a dictionary, you use one yourself.

-- Posted by BWare on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 4:09 PM

I'd like to add my AMEN! to Mr. History and Brazil 78. Even the idea of personal accountability is ignored way too often in order to point the blame elsewhere. I cannot believe that this latest meth-posse has ignited an attack on public education AND home schoolers. Wow.

-- Posted by CountryandCityMouse on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 4:42 PM




-- Posted by ram0314 on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 7:53 PM

Mrs. Moore,

I am so insulted by your ignorance on homeschooling, painting a whole group with one paintbrush. On other issues you say that such an approach is wrong, yet you have issues with homeschooling so your prejudice is justified.

I could tell you all that I do to make sure my children are at level or above, how much they have achieved - but I think I would be wasting my breath. I could also tell you the work ethic I have instilled in them and the pride that comes from independence and self-reliance, but I'm sure you would just say radical.

I do not have to tear down public education to justify private or homeschool education. All have their benefits and all have their deficits. I do believe in accountability that leads to excellence, but all the government can achieve is red tape and a one-size-fits-all strategy that simply can not work.

There are good and bad public schools systems, privates schools, homeschools, teachers and parents. Nice attempt, in trying to make this issue about poor life choices and accountability to justify a solution that money/taxes (ie the government) can fix. However, this issue starts and end with personal choice.

I am sure we agree in the importance of a good education and that it can change a life, but the owner of that life has to want to change. I believe you want everyone to have a good opportunity for a quality education. I challenge you to not judge groups so harshly because they are different from you. I see you always striving to find the answers in a governmental intervention, that it can somehow save people. I challenge you to see that many of the social breakdowns we are struggling with have come from generations of families relying on the government to support them their whole lives - hence they don't see that they need an education. All the programs intended for compassion have only bred dependence. Human nature is simply not to work for what you can get for free - and most of human of heartache comes from that place.

-- Posted by localgal on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 8:29 PM

Please add my AMEN! to Mr. History, Brazil 78, and CountryandCityMouse. These people have worked the system for years!!

-- Posted by southviewrebel on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 8:32 PM

I could not possibly agree with you more, localgal. Especially this:

"All the programs intended for compassion have only bred dependence. Human nature is simply not to work for what you can get for free - and most of human heartache comes from that place."

Our country is entering a full blown nanny state. Government cannot save people. Only personal responsibility can.

-- Posted by CountryandCityMouse on Tue, May 10, 2011, at 8:37 PM

I knew Heather when she was younger and she was actually a pretty good girl. She wasn't perfect, but she sure as hell didn't mess around with this stuff back then. Don't know what happened, but glad I knew the old Heather and not this one.

-- Posted by Meadow31 on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 12:44 AM

Just because you are having a rough period in your life is no excuse to break the law. Using drugs is a way to attempt to escape reality and selling drugs is an illegal high profit, high risk and untaxed activity. By age 37, if you don't know better than to do either you really need a "wake-up" call. It is a person's choices that are to blame, not the type or amount of education that they have. You do not even need to be able to read to know that using or dealing drugs is illegal.

"Great job", to our law enforcement on the bust.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 12:45 AM

Alot of young people (30 and under) see other people buying things that they can't afford. They ask them how they do it? *Why haven't you heard? Selling drugs! Come on let me show you the way.

You can tell a user from a seller by his or hers face, users have sores and pink around the eye sockets, sellers have a cell phone that never stopped ringing. Remember in the old days some one had a pager, you ask *whats that for* get a answer like mom or dad wanted me to have it if they need me.

Some one should start a drug tree like a family tree only using people from Clay City, bet the drug tree would be the same at family tree

-- Posted by smallguysmalltown on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 10:45 AM

Localgal, thank you so much for your comment. I am not sure how a drug bust became an opportunity to attack homeschooling families. Jenny Moore must not know many homeschoolers because I know a lot and they some of the greatest, most loving, and structured people I know.

-- Posted by jm3611 on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 3:59 PM

Obviously, their gene pool has no lifegaurd.....

-- Posted by Silverlining on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 6:26 PM

I believe that everyone of you really need to think about what you say. Like you, These people have children, grandchildren, and other family too. Their families already have to be put down because of what they did,they don't need you guys on here talking more trash. You guys have no right to criticize anyone. Everyone makes mistakes,these people know what they did and they're going to pay the price. I'm sure everyone on here knows someone or has a friend or family member that has either done or sold drugs before. Just try to be more careful of what you say on here. Thanks.

-- Posted by volleychick2013 on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 8:47 PM

volleychick2013, that may be true, maybe they do know what they did was wrong but if that is the case then they knew that before they made their choice, but just didn't care or thought, like many people out there, that the rules don't apply to them. And I'm not sure this counts so much as a mistake as it does a choice. We are all getting tired of hearing excuses for people who make bad choices. Own up to your actions, be an adult and say yeah I screwed up, but no most want to blame anyone and everyone but themselves.

-- Posted by Mr. History on Thu, May 12, 2011, at 9:21 AM

I just have to say..."what is there to be smiling about"....the Heather chick looks like she is amused at being arrested. I'm supposing that is what drugs will do to you. I have no idea...only thing I smoke are ciggerettes (I know...horrible).

You can pretty much tell by all of the above faces that they are users of drugs in some form, whatever kind it maybe.

Also....I too know plenty of people and children who have been or still are being homeschooled. A couple of them (adults now of course) are very high level lawyers, one is a peditrician (sp), and a couple of them own their own business, which are doing very well. The children that I currently know that are being homeschooled are very smart and intelligent young-ens! One of them is reading far beyond her "grade level".

I see no issue with homeschooling as long as it's being done correctly and the parent/tutor/etc have the sanity to do so. I would love to homeschool my three children but I don't want to fail them because I don't believe that I would have the "sanity" to do so. LOL

What Brazil should do: clean up the old jail house a little bit, pack all of the drug users, sellers, or whatever (I do not know the drug land terminology as I do not travel in those circles) and put them in there (old jailhouse). Give them jobs to do...if they don't work, they don't eat!! Make them sleep on a sleeping bag on the floor, no TV, no computers, and take away whatever else that they get that they shouldn't in jail.

Someone above stated that they know what they did was wrong and they have learned from their mistake....???? REALLY???? I have seen a few of the above mentioned in numerous issues of the paper. If they learned their lesson by just "going to jail once" then why in the World are they there again? I'm tired of this "slapping on the wrist" effect....

-- Posted by JQuick on Thu, May 12, 2011, at 11:01 AM

Believe it or not, not everyone in this family does bad things. They have children who don't deserve to have to read people putting their parents down. Yes, we all know what they did was wrong. But should their children have to suffer for their bad choices?! Has anyone thought of their childrens' feelings? These children will have to suffer in more ways than one for this. Just think of them before you post next time.

-- Posted by devma2008 on Thu, May 12, 2011, at 7:31 PM

JQuick....you certainly do have the right attitude toward offenders....drug related or not, any offender......BUT we would be violating THEIR constitutional rights by forcing them to do such things! LOL...not funny but it is amusing to use the words "constitutional rights" and "offender" together in the same sentence.

I myself am a huge supporter of Sheriff Joe in Arizona. He has the right idea...makes his "offenders" live in tents, work for their sparse but nutritious meals, no A/C, no cable/satellite, they get their choice of 2 TV channels when they have been good....C-span and the Disney channel (can't remember exactly what the other one is), they wear pink underwear, and NO special treatment of any kind. His rate of return is less than 6%. I think we could do this and get the same kind of results. Oh yes, Sheriff Joe gets sued all the time for the "lose of criminal's constitutional rights".......Wuay wuay wuay! You break the law, you have no rights...merely my opinion!!!!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Fri, May 13, 2011, at 11:16 AM

Unfortunately, children DO suffer for their parents bad choices and visa versa. It's the "Natural Order of Things", and is supposed to serve as an opportunity for these kids to DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES whether they want to follow their parents footsteps or contribute to society, instead of sucking it dry.

Let's hope they make the right choice.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, May 13, 2011, at 11:28 AM


Because you are family, you know very well that Barbara has been doing this for a very long time. Yes, you are right, this is the first time she has been arrested. The reason for that is because she hasn't been caught until now. She should have been in jail many years ago!

-- Posted by bikerlady on Mon, May 16, 2011, at 12:06 PM

Ok, So I made sure I read all of the comments above before I sat down to add my thoughts on the situation. First I would like to say Thanks to the local law enforcement and the efforts they put forth knowing that at any time some half baked nimrod could harm his wife or their children just for doing their job,Thats Real Courage!! And as for those who truely believe that our education system is the blame for the disrespectful youth that continually fill these pages is to blame, well your an IDIOT! We as parents need to take a good look at our selves and realize we have disabled our youth,our future and our name sakes strictly out of fear. Yes FEAR if you take his toys away your a bad parent even if he burnt the rug just because he wanted to. Instead of rendering a punishment we cower in the corner and count the days til he gets his prescription filled and we get 21 days of medicated peace ahhh! we teach them that their is no consequence for their actions just blame it on the person to the left. No it does not take a village to raise a child,IT TAKES PARENTS! I am a father in this community and proud to say all my children are good students good citizens and good americans. And yes when they make mistakes they pay so far I have destroyed 2 xbox systems, 1 36inch flatscreen and a new set of bunk beds. Seems drastic huh, but they are held accountable for their actions just as we all should be.Barbara its a shame you were there when the cops came but you knew that they did those things and still you went,and please dont claim addiction as your reason because that is just a lie, and ultimately just an excuse. If you screw up at least own up to it, Their are those who try and fail and those who fail to try.Not everyone can be a champion but every one has the right to reach for it! RESPONSIBILITY!!!

-- Posted by Save the sob story on Tue, May 17, 2011, at 11:48 PM

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