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IN COURT: Alleged drug dealer has initial hearing

June 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City woman arrested for an alleged drug deal had her first appearance in court Monday.

Krystal Thornsbearry, 28, was charged June 17 with dealing a Schedule I, II or III Controlled Substance and possession of a scheduled substance.

The first charge is a Class B felony, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years. The possession charge is a Class D felony, which has a maximum sentence of three years.

Thornsbearry was appointed Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz as her attorney and will be back in court July 22.

Case reports state Thornsbearry allegedly met a person at a laundromat. She offered that person 35 pills of synthetic marijuana, or “spice,” for $100.

The two then met at Walmart. While in the parking lot, they were approached by officers with the Whitley County Drug Task Force.

Thornsbearry was arrested at the time, and officers examined text messages from her phone to use as evidence.

Braidon Hall was in court for a bond-reduction hearing.

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