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Oct. 21, 2021

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2 appear in court following Minnehaha-area drug bust

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor

Two people who were arrested Thursday following a drug bust in the Minnehaha neighborhood made first appearances in Clark County Superior Court on Friday.

Michael P. Phelan, 38, and Clarissa L. Curtis, 33, each appeared on suspicion of three counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and one count of maintaining a drug dwelling.

According to a probable cause affidavit, officers with the regional drug task force served a search warrant at about 9:45 a.m. Thursday at 4402 N.E. 60th St. The home is reportedly rented by Phelan and Curtis.

Officers recovered psilocybin mushrooms, GHB, LSD and amphetamine from a safe in one of the bedrooms. They also found plastic storage bags, empty pill capsules and digital scales, court records said. Additionally, officers seized more than $74,000 in cash and processed marijuana, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Three small children who were present while officers searched the home were placed in Child Protective Services’ custody, the sheriff’s office said.

On Friday, Judge Derek Vanderwood appointed Sean Downs to represent Curtis and granted her supervised release, according to court records.

Phelan will retain his own attorney. Vanderwood set his bail at 10,000, court documents stated.

Both will be arraigned Oct. 9.