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Charges filed in meth bust

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Posted: Friday, March 16, 2012 1:15 am

Five people have been formally charged in Montgomery Circuit Court in connection with a meth bust that occurred Saturday in Crawfordsville.

Charged were:

• Edward Broderson, 44 and Onica Deakins, 38, both of Crawfordsville have been charged with Class B felonies dealing in methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine, Class C felony possession of a single precursor, Class D felonies maintaining a common nuisance and unlawful possession of a syringe and Class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

• Tasha Carpenter, 29 and Billy Joe Bixler, 30, both of Crawfordsville were charged with Class B felonies dealing in methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine, Class C felony possession of a single precursor, Class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia and Class B misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance.

• Max Leonard Miller, 58, of Crawfordsville has been charged with Class B felonies dealing in methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine, Class C felony possession of a single precursor, Class D felony maintaining a common nuisance and Class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Police were found the lab Saturday at a residence in the 900 block of West Market Street. That residence is listed in court records as the address of Deakins, Miller and Broderson.

Officers from the Crawfordsville Police Department were alerted about two-and-a-half months ago that drug activity may have been going on at the residence where the lab was discovered, CPD Patrolman Todd Huckstep said.

Information gathered during a traffic stop that happened about two hours before the bust led to the arrests. Officers from the Indiana State Police Meth Lab Team were called to the scene to take evidence. The results on items taken from the house are still pending.

Charges were enhanced in the case because the house where the meth lab was discovered is less than 1,000 feet from Nicholson Elementary School.

At the time of his arrest Saturday Broderson was wanted on a Vigo County warrant for failure to appear in a receiving stolen property case. His criminal past also includes convictions for residential entry, trespassing, theft, auto theft, operating a vehicle after a lifetime driver’s license suspension, battery and unlawful possession of a syringe.

Criminal cases are also pending against Deakins and Bixler. Deakins is facing misdemeanor false informing charges in Vigo County; Bixler is due in court April 15 for a misdemeanor check deception charge.

Miller has been arrested in the past for operating while intoxicated; Carpenter has been convicted of public intoxication and check deception.

Omnibus hearings have been set for May 7 and trial dates of June 26 were set for all five suspects. Their bonds were fixed at $10,000 surety or $5,000 cash.

Class B felonies are punishable by up to 20 years in prison, while Class C felonies carry a maximum sentence of eight years and Class D felonies are punishable by up to three years in prison.

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