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L-worth woman found guilty on drug charges


December 14, 2011
A Crawford County woman was found guilty of several drug-related charges in a jury trial that ended Dec. 5.

Angela Elliott, 53, of Leavenworth, was arrested July 21, 2010, after an Indiana State Police sting operation set up a meeting with Elliott in which an informant was to buy a gram of methamphetamine from her at a residence along S.R. 62 at Leavenworth.

According to a police report, after the drug deal was set up, Elliott's red PT Cruiser pulled into the driveway of the residence and police confronted Elliott and a male passenger, James E. Bayless. When ordered to show their hands, police said Elliott dropped two small bags that contained a white substance. Elliott then reached down and grabbed the bags in her right hand.

While attempting to take Elliott into custody, police said Elliott refused to comply with officer's requests to open her right hand, which contained the meth. The report said that Elliott attempted to place the bags in her mouth several times to destroy the evidence.

When officers searched Elliott's car, they discovered an additional three grams of meth in small bags which police say is indicative of dealing. They also found a set of digital scales, a glass pipe and a pen hull, which contained meth residue.

A search of Bayless produced two more bags containing meth, police said.

Both Elliott and Bayless were taken into custody and incarcerated in the Crawford County Jail.

Elliott was charged with dealing meth, over three grams, a Class A felony; dealing meth under three grams, a Class B felony; possession of meth over three grams, a Class C felony; possession of meth under three grams, a Class D felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony; possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; and resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor.

At the trial on Dec. 5, the jury found Elliott guilty on count 1, dealing in meth, a Class A felony; guilty on count 2, possession of meth, a Class C felony; guilty on count 3, maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony; guilty on count 4, possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; and guilty on count 5, resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor.

Elliott will be sentenced at a hearing set for Jan. 3.

Bayless is still awaiting trial on related charges.

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