Couple indicted on drug charges

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Lewisburg couple was indicted last week on drug charges stemming from a traffic stop on the public square in April.

Evelyn Marie Sorrells, 33, and Duane A. Mathena, 30, were in the car with their three-year-old son when they were stopped by agents of the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force.

Task Force Agent Tim Miller immediately noticed a "strong odor of marijuana coming out of the vehicle," according to the couple's arrest warrant.

Mathena was driving, but did not have a license, and a search revealed that he had "over 0.5 grams of cocaine, Lortab pills and Xanax pills, and over an ounce of marijuana" in his pockets, Miller wrote. "A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of about five pounds of marijuana and two sets of digital scales in the trunk. An additional pound of marijuana was found in the child's bedroom during a consensual search of Mathena's and Sorrells' residence," Miller continued.

Court records list her address as of East Commerce Street, and his of Gold Road,

Sorrells was indicted on a charge of criminal responsibility for the facilitation of a felony, that felony being possession with intent to sell marijuana.

Mathena was indicted on five counts: possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and marijuana (two counts each) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Other court records show that:

* Trey Lewis Green, 29, of Culleoka was indicted on drug charges. Miller reported that task force agents searched Green's residence on March 4, 2009, and found "about one ounce of processed marijuana, one set of digital scales, approximately 40 marijuana plants, and growing equipment." A six-count indictment charges Green with manufacture of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and deliver it (two counts each) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Green's retained attorney, Ray Fraley of Fayetteville, moved to suppress all the evidence obtained during the search, citing a variety of legal reasons that the search was invalid, but Green was indicted nevertheless.

* Darren Matthew Lee's case was made in a direct presentment to the grand jury. Lee, 40, of Lewisburg, was charged in a seven-count indictment with possession, sale and delivery of cocaine and Lortabs on Aug. 13, and also charged in another two-count indictment with sale and delivery of cocaine on Aug. 3.

* Edwin Dewan "D.D." Reese, 34, of Sixth Avenue, was indicted on a charge of driving after having been declared a Habitual Motor Vehicle Offender. Reese was arrested on July 16.

Indictment does not mean that a person is guilty. That's determined by a trial or by a guilty plea.