Greencastle couple facing 10 meth-related counts

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Raymond Lopez

Two Greencastle residents are each facing 10 Class A felony counts after twice allegedly selling methamphetamine to a police informant earlier this month.

Raymond P. Lopez, 41, is charged with five counts of dealing in methamphetamine, three counts of conspiracy to deal in methamphetamine and two counts of possession of methamphetamine.

His wife, 41-year-old Amy Sheree Lopez, faces four counts of dealing in methamphetamine, four counts of conspiracy to deal in methamphetamine and two counts of possession of methamphetamine.

As Class A felonies, each charge, if convicted, carries with it a sentence of 20 to 50 years in prison.

While a number of the charges would normally be considered lower level felonies, the alleged crimes were committed at 305 Ohio St., Greencastle, which is within 1,000 feet of Ridpath Primary School.

Putnam County Sheriff's Department detectives arrested the Lopezes on warrants early Wednesday morning.

Amy Lopez

They appeared before Putnam Circuit Judge Matthew Headley via videoconference from the Putnam County Jail Wednesday afternoon.

In reading the charges, Judge Headley tried to explain the seriousness of the situation. He said some charges may be combined and potential sentences could run concurrently, but any conviction would mean serious prison time.

"It is safe to say that you could be sentenced to at least 20 years if you were convicted of all of these," Headley explained.

Amy Lopez was already out on bond following a June incident for which she is facing charges of Class D felony possession of methamphetamine, Class A misdemeanor driving with a suspended license and Class C misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.

With this in mind, Prosecutor Timothy Bookwalter requested that her bond be revoked in the original case, thus remanding her to jail, and that she be released on her own recognizance in this case, a moot point if the other bond is revoked.

For Raymond Lopez, Bookwalter requested $50,000 cash only bond.

Acknowledging Bookwalter's request, Headley instead chose to place each defendant on a $50,000 cash only bond, if only to deal with the two cases in the same manner.

Both defendants had questions about the bond amount, wondering aloud how they could keep their current jobs while in jail.

"You are accused of being a dealer in methamphetamine and so for the safety of the community, I'm going to have you both held on $50,000 bonds," Headley said.

Amy Lopez pushed the matter of being released or bond being reduced further.

"There's absolutely no way I could ever make that ($50,000 bond)," she told Headley.

The judge only reiterated his previous point.

"There's a risk to the community when there are allegations of this sort," he said, before going on to explain that in the Indiana Criminal Code, there is only one class of crime more serious than a Class A felony, and that is murder.

Sydney Tongret is representing Amy Lopez in her previous case, and has been appointed to represent her in this matter as well.

A public defender will be appointed for Raymond Lopez.

Documents filed in Putnam Circuit Court allege that on Oct. 9 and 10, an informant of the Putnam County Sheriff's Department purchased methamphetamine from the Lopezes at their Ohio Street home.

While performing surveillance for the two drug buys, detectives observed that students were present at Ripath Primary School, which is just down the alley from the residence.

On one of the days, investigators even observed children outside playing on the playground while the transaction was taking place.

The informant allegedly obtained 14.1 grams of methamphetamine between the two days.

Raymond and Amy Lopez remained housed at the Putnam County Jail and await a 10 a.m. pre-trial conference on Thursday, Dec. 19.

View 9 comments
Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. Please note that those who post comments on this website may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.
  • I hope they suffer I really do. How stupid could u be to do that near a school and at all!!!!

    -- Posted by Shellie Graham on Thu, Oct 31, 2013, at 4:08 AM
  • Where do they work at? Anybody know?

    -- Posted by donantonioelsabio on Thu, Oct 31, 2013, at 6:37 AM
  • Hey Amy .. I'm pretty sure that's the GOAL of a high bond .. to keep you from continuing to sell drugs to the public.

    -- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Oct 31, 2013, at 11:14 AM
  • Why are we allowed to comment on some stories and not others? Why not allow comments on ALL stories!

    -- Posted by gunner on Thu, Oct 31, 2013, at 5:32 PM
  • Cause this is a pro/anti meth town.. Cause this is a good ole boy town.

    It is called Censorship and propaganda..People go back to your taxation lives.. you did not see the powers that be do what ever it was that they did not do..

    Grow up OMG we are all just sheep.. which pill do you take.. the red one or the blue. Do you really follow the rabbit down the hole.. Stop drop and roll .. lol .. sorry it is funny how stupid they think we are. but this will continue until we.. you .. I do something to curb corruption and the who knows who.. Wait for it... DELETED.. HMMM copy paste again..

    -- Posted by Oh My Goodness on Thu, Oct 31, 2013, at 9:45 PM
  • if you dont know the whole story, you really should not be posting negative comments. they have no harm on the public. it was around the corner from a college. so thats why it says school. so if you dont know all the facts, be respectful and leave your negative comments to yourself.

    -- Posted by coreyml on Thu, Oct 31, 2013, at 10:12 PM
  • It is actually a grade school that is around the corner and I am very pleased that these 2 people are off the street! Dealing meth that close to a school and children....What's next......making it?? In my eyes no BOND is to high for this.

    -- Posted by slhamm728 on Sat, Nov 2, 2013, at 3:36 PM
  • So.. Yes what they did was wrong...

    But there are several people just as wrong as they are... the C.I.'s who are used to go in and be undercover for the Cops or DEA... whomever... are then given a lesser charge so that they can quickly return to the streets where they helped the last person get arrested. So you see... no clean up was done... ONLY an exchange of who dodged jail time.. .. So really the C.I's... are merely REWARDED for their information and picture in this newspaper as if the streets were being cleaned up... And then they're let go to continue themselves to sell, use, abuse... or whatever. And the police know this.... No change at all was made in the problem ONLY a mere shuffle in players. Come on People..... SEE... who the puppeteers are who ALLOW this corruption to continue... and you'll see its not just the obvious criminals... But high ranking officials who turn a blind eye to OBVIOUS solutions. Please open your eyes to see the problem continues BECAUSE ... "SOME" refuse these solutions. They should be held accountable for allowing this problem to continue. How about throwing 20-50 yrs at them!!!!

    -- Posted by laniesnana13 on Sun, Oct 19, 2014, at 9:38 PM
  • The comment section is for comments based on the "whole situation" as presented in the paper.

    Doesn't matter if they weren't at a school, but were at a college. DOESN'T MATTER! They were caught with drugs. Drugs weren't planted on them, they had them and were trying to sell them.

    If you're a friend (COREYML) who knows the rest of the story, why not help them in other ways besides making excuses for them? They've had enough excuses to give. Time to do the time.

    -- Posted by Emmes on Mon, Oct 20, 2014, at 11:17 AM
Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: