Defendants in alleged counterfeiting/drug case appear in court
By KELI JACOBI News-Times Staff Three co-defendants involved in an alleged counterfeiting and drug operation from a home on West Fifth Street in El Dorado, each appeared in Union County District Court on Monday.
Joe Wray, attorney for the first defendant, Jerry Miller, waived a reading of the charges against his client after informing District Judge George Van Hook that he had already met with Miller to advise him of his rights and the possible penalties against him.
Of the three co-defendants, Miller, 27, faces the lengthiest list of felony charges in connection to the investigation of his residence by Union County Sheriff ’s Office deputies last week.
In addition to a misdemeanor charge of carrying a prohibited weapon, Miller also faces one count of forgery along with extensive drug charges.
The probable cause affidavit shows those charges to be possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and manufacturing a controlled substance (methamphetamine) from his home.
Wray downplayed an incident at the same address last year in which his client suffered burns from a fire started in the home and whose origins were questioned by authorities at the time. He stated that material found afterward was from a fire extinguisher and not drugrelated and he indicated that no formal charges were ever filed against Miller following the episode.
The defendant kept his gaze downward through much of the proceedings as Van Hook set the bond at $25,000 in any form acceptable to the sheriff. Union County Sheriff Ken Jones later set the bond amounts on each defendant as cash or corporate surety.
The other two co-defendants in the case, Anthony Cameron and Hank Wedgeworth, appeared together following Miller’s appearance.
Cameron, who is charged with possession of methamphetamine, was ordered to hire an attorney after Van Hook denied his certificate of indigence and set bond at $10,000.
Wedgeworth faces one count of possessing a prohibited weapon and one count of possessing drug paraphernalia.
He was advised that a public defender would be assigned to his case and bond was set at $5,000.
All the co-defendants were ordered not to have contact with each other.