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Two Charged with Class X Felony Drug Charges in Marion County Court

August 31, 2016

Two Assumption residents arrested while allegedly doing drugs in a car at the end of a driveway on Lazy Acre Road in rural Salem have been charged with Class X felonies of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.

45-year-old Barbara Helm and 55-year-old Steve Selby were also charged with Class One felony charges of possession of 15 to 100 grams of methamphetamine. Bond for both was set at $50,000 apiece. They were ordered to abstain from drugs and alcohol with testing if released on bond.

Another person in the car, 28-year-old Michael Whitaker of North Parkview in Effingham, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $2,500.

All three said they would hire their own attorneys.

Sheriff’s Department reports indicate rocks of what tested positive for methamphetamine were found in two locations in the car. One was in a baggie floating on top of a glass of soda and ice. The other was wrapped in a ball of electrical time.

Meanwhile, the Marion County States Attorney’s office has released a fourth person arrested in the case. Deputies believed 20-year-old Brent Renfrow of West Lovell Street in Salem was in the car before their arrival on Sunday night, but prosecutors did not feel there was enough evidence to tie him to the case. He had been picked up at his home on Tuesday.

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