Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

June 13, 2014

Man jailed for alleged dealing of morphine

By Brent Brown Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — WESTPORT – A Decatur County man believed to be selling pain killing medication at his place of employment was arrested and jailed Wednesday on a charge of dealing in a narcotic drug.

Westport Town Marshal Joe Talkington, with assistance from the Greensburg Police Department, arrested Carl J. Griffith, 26, of the 8600 block of East CR 1300 North in Greensburg Tuesday following an investigation that began in late April.

At that time, Griffith is alleged to have exchanged two 60 mg morphine pills for $50 cash from a confidential police informant. The drug deal took place early in the evening of April 29 at 106 South West Street in Westport, according to a GPD offense report filed that day in the Decatur Circuit Court.

Morphine is a highly addictive pain killing medication that, if abused, can lead to a host of hazardous side effects, some of which can be fatal.

Following the transaction, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Griffith which was served to the suspect this week. Following his court appearance, a cash bond of $25,000 was set for Griffith’s release. He remained incarcerated in the Decatur County Jail by Daily News press time Thursday. Attorney Mark Jones was appointed as Griffith’s defense counsel Wednesday. A trial date was set for Oct. 21.

The charge of dealing in cocaine or a narcotic drug is a Class A felony, which can carry a prison sentence of between 20 and 50 years as well as a fine of up to $10,000 under state law.

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056; brent.brown@greensburgdailynews.com