|BG chiropractor in court on charge of allowing drug abuse|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Thursday, 27 August 2009 23:00|
A Bowling Green chiropractor is facing a charge of allowing drug abuse in her home.
Heather Huntington, of Cambridge Boulevard, appeared in Bowling Green Municipal Court on Wednesday for a motion hearing, at which time her attorney, Scott Coon, filed a motion to suppress evidence found at the home.
At question is whether police conducted a legal search of the home or whether Huntington's Fourth Amendment right was violated.
Bowling Green police were called to her home May 11 after a housesitter reported finding illegal steroids and other drugs in the home.
Huntington, 34, and her then live-in boyfriend, Neil Potter, were on vacation at the time.
After responding to the call and observing a bag on the kitchen counter that allegedly contained anabolic steroids along with other drugs, police requested and received a search warrant for the rest of the home based on probable cause of drug abuse. Read More
According to the report, police removed from the home bags of tablets and capsules of anabolic steroids; numerous vials of testosterone, steroids and other liquids; and syringes.
After speaking with witnesses, including the housesitter, an employee of Huntington's and a former housekeeper, police on July 22 charged Huntington with the misdemeanor offense of allowing drug abuse.
Potter, 34, was indicted in July by a grand jury for possession of drugs.
Nobody in the case is alleging Huntington used the drugs herself.
The Fourth Amendment guards against unreasonable searches and seizures, and requires search and arrest warrants be judicially sanctioned, supported by probable cause, and limited in scope according to specific information supplied to the issuing court.
"I think that the police did everything that was constitutionally valid," said Matthew Reger, city prosecuting attorney. The housesitter "had authorization to go into the house and he allowed to officers to go into the part he was allowed to go into."
Judge Mark Reddin gave Reger 10 days, and Coon 14 days, to file post-hearing briefs outlining their arguments on the motion to suppress.
It was Reddin who granted the search warrant.
Wood County Job and Family Services also has been investigating the case, as Huntington has children in the home.
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