A trio of suspects, who where apprehended in a drug raid last week in Linton, were formally charged with multiple drug-related felony counts Tuesday morning in Greene Circuit Court
The raid was the result of a telephoned Crimestoppers’ tip received in November that two of the suspects were actively manufacturing methamphetamine in a mobile home located at 687 NW 11th Street in Linton.
Christie Lynn Rupp, 30, who lives at the site of the raid in Linton, is charged with dealing methamphetamine, a class B felony; possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a class D felony; possession of two/more chemical reagents/precursors with the intent to manufacture controlled substance, a class D felony; and unlawful sale of a precursors, a class D felony.
Rupp’s bond was set at $19,000 cash only.
A pre-trial hearing was set for April 23 and a trial by jury was scheduled for 9 a.m. on May 13, 2014.
Chief Public Defender Alan Baughman was appointed to represent Rupp in upcoming court proceedings.
Raul Sepulveda, Jr., 33, formerly of Bloomfield and now listed as homeless, is charged with manufacture/deliver or finance the manufacture or delivery of methamphetamine, a class felony; possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony; and possession of two or more chemical reagents/precursors with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, a class D felony.
Sepulveda was also arrested on a petition to revoke bond in another case, an outstanding arrest warrant in a third case, and a warrant issued out of another county for alleged contempt of court in a civil matter.
At an initial hearing Tuesday morning by video teleconference from the Greene County Jail, Sepulveda’s bond was set at $27,000 cash only due to an extensive criminal background and several current pending cases.
Chief Public Defender Alan Baughman was appointed to represent Sepulveda in upcoming court proceedings.
Circuit Judge Eric Allen set a pre-trial conference for May 7, 2014 and a trial by jury on May 27, 2014 at 9 a.m.
Brandy Marie Bailey, 36, of Linton, is charged with possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony; unlawful sale of a precursor, a class D felony; and possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.
Bailey’s bond was set at $15,000 surety with 10 percent cash allowed.
Public Defender Luke Rudisell was appointed by the court to represented Bailey in the court proceedings.
ISP Trooper Richard Klun noted in the probable cause affidavit filed with the court that police received information on Dec. 12 that Sepulveda and Rupp and Brian Campbell had made together 28 purchases of pseudoephedrine (PSE) at the Bloomington Walmart and a CVS store in Bloomington dating back to January 17.
Video surveillance tape showed that on Nov. 30, Campbell, Sepulveda and Rupp all purchased PSE at the Bloomington Walmart within about 46 minutes of each other. The tape also showed they were driving a white colored mini van.
At about 7:44 p.m. on Dec. 11 the same white van, owned by Campbell, was observed at a NW 11th Street address in Linton.
Shortly after 8:05 p.m., officers approached the residence to conduct a ‘stop and knock’.
Troopers Klun and Josh Allen approached the front door, while Linton Police Department officers Josh Goodman and Jason Wilson covered the rear entrance.
A strong odor of an organic substance was present as the officers approached the residence, Klun wrote in the probable cause affidavit.
Trooper Allen announced the presence of police knocked on the door. There was no immediate response.
Trooper Klun noted that they could hear people moving about inside there residence while they waited.
After about two minutes Allen and Klun made entry.
Sepulveda was observed walking toward the front door from a back bedroom. He was placed on the floor and handcuffed. In the bedroom, police found Rupp and Bailey.
A search warrant for the residence was sought after Trooper Allen found various items in the bedroom that are used in the one-pot methamphetamine manufacturing. Rupp refused when officers had initially asked to have consent to search the residence.
A search warrant was obtained from Greene Superior Court and it was executed at 10:44 p.m.
According to the probable cause affidavit a number of methamphetamine precursors, ingredients, equipment and packing material was found in the master bedroom, the bathroom, kitchen and the living room of the residence.
A pen tube containing a white powdery substance — that field tested positive as methamphetamine — was found inside a purse that contained an identification card for Bailey, according to court records.
According to the probable cause affidavit, during an interview with police Sepulveda said he had manufactured ‘meth’ at the Bailey residence two other times.
Sepulveda also told police that earlier in the evening, Rupp and Bailey had asked him why the house smelled so badly. He replied to them that he was cooking chicken, Trooper Klun wrote in the probable cause affidavit.