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Last updated on Thursday, April 26, 2012
(BLOOMFIELD) - A Daviess County man sentenced earlier this month on a methamphetamine possession charge began a 90-day sentence in the Greene County Jail on Monday morning.
James D. Raber, 19, of rural Odon, was sentenced April 11 in Greene Circuit Court for possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony.
Nick Schneider, of the Greene County Daily World reports, as part of negotiated plea agreement, charges of possession of a Schedule I, II, III or IV controlled substance - a class D felony, possession of marijuana - a class A misdemeanor, and possession of paraphernalia - class A misdemeanor - were dismissed by the prosecution.
Raber was sentenced to one year and 180 days in jail with one year and 90 days suspended. He was given credit for four days already served in jail.
Raber was arrested in late October 2011 after the driver of a Mitsubishi Eclipse, Lucas J.N. Cunningham, of Elnora, was observed by Worthington Deputy Town Marshals Jason Wilson and Randy Raney for failing to stop at a stop sign at Jefferson and Main streets.
The vehicle's license plate also was not illuminated and neither Cunningham or Raber, who was a passenger, were wearing seat belts, according to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court by Raney.
The vehicle, which was owned by Raber's father, was then searched after consent was obtained by the officers.
In the center console, Raney found a baggie in a drinking cup that contained a leafy substance that field tested positive as marijuana, a white-color pill that was identified as Hydrocodone - a Schedule II controlled substance; a short clear drinking straw that contained a white residue - which was consistent with paraphernalia that is used to ingest illegal substances; a black film container that had another short plastic drinking straw; and a baggie that contained a white residue that field tested positive as methamphetamine, Raney wrote in his affidavit.
In the trunk, Raney found a large glass smoking device that had the odor of burnt marijuana, according to Raney.
Cunningham was cited with an infraction for failure to wear a safety belt.
During an interview, Raber said the items found belonged to him. He told police he had smoked marijuana about four hours prior to the traffic stop and had used methamphetamine the previous night.
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