Phillips held on meth precursor charge

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter

Troy W. Phillips of Media, 41 appeared in Mercer County Court today, for a preliminary hearing on a Class 2 felony case of unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors. Judge James G. Conway, Jr. heard testimony from two Mercer County sheriff’s deputies about the case.

After hearing evidence at the probable cause stage, Mercer County Judge James G. Conway said there was enough evidence to hold Phillips to answer to the charges.

First to testify at the hearing was Mercer County Deputy Anthony Baugh.

Baugh testified that he and deputy Doty were on patrol on March 19, 2010 at 4 a.m. on US Hwy 67 .Mercer County deputy Anthony Baugh was on patrol in Mercer County on Us. Hwy 67. He came upon a vehicle southbound with a loud exhaust. The deputies turned around to follow the vehicle, which turned off of Hwy 67 onto 75th Avenue. As he followed the vehicle, he also noticed no rear license plate light, and no bumper.

When he stopped the vehicle for some minor vehicle offenses, the driver, Carrie Alyce Erhardt, of Media, 32, seemed very uncomfortable, as did passenger Troy W. Phillips.

The passenger initiated the conversation and identified himself.

Officer Baugh ran information on Phillips, discovering he was wanted on methamphetamine charges in Hancock County and was on parole.

The officer said both the driver and passenger became more and more nervous. “His right hand was below his lap,” said Baugh.

Baugh said, “Show me your hands.”

Phillips had nothing in his hands.

After running information on the driver, the officer discovered Erhardt had been barred from driving in Iowa. She was arrested initially and charged with driving while barred.

Phillips told the officer he was on his way to work, and had pulled onto 75th Avenue to pick up a friend.

He was unable to tell the officer what the friend’s name was. Officer Baugh was checking Phillips for weapons on his person. “There were no weapons.”

The vehicle was impounded and it was discovered that there were six packets of pseudo ephedrine in the passenger side’s door pocket. There was also Coleman stove fuel and some plastic air tubing.

There was also a metal vial with powder residue, later tested as meth.

For more on this story, see the April 14, 2010 issue of The Times Record.