Formal charges now filed after trailer park bust

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Formal charges were filed in Independence County Circuit Court Wednesday against 44-year-old Eric James Nelson.

As recounted in a story on White River Now from earlier this week (available here), Nelson was a wanted man for violating rules of his parole. Nelson was spotted in the Spring Valley Trailer Court, east of Batesville’s city limits.

Sheriff Shawn Stephens, Chief Deputy Aaron Moody, Narcotics Officer Chris Toland, and Parole Officer Melissa Stephens along with District Drug Task Force member, Johnny Byler, went to the trailer court and took Nelson into custody.

Nelson is now in jail and charged with being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia with the purpose to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia with the purpose to use methamphetamine.

Since Nelson has been convicted of four or more previous felonies, he is being tried as a habitual offender. If convicted, his sentence could be enhanced.

Nelson’s bond was set by Judge Chaney Taylor at $50,000.

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