A California couple facing serious drug charges in Jefferson County has seen their legal troubles mount.
Joel Lynn Bernards, 34, and his wife Emily Elaine Bernards, 25, who were already facing felony drug charges after being caught with one hundred pounds of marijuana and five grams of meth, now face felony charges for attempting to distribute heroin, and misdemeanor charges of possession of prescription drugs.
Jefferson County Attorney Timothy Dille tells KTVO that the additional charges were filed by his office on December 27th, after lab tests on substances seized from the Bernards, in November, revealed that those substances were in fact heroin and anti-anxiety prescription drugs.
The couple was arrested on November 19th after Fairfield police made a routine traffic stop of the coupleâ??s vehicle near the Fairfield Water Works.
The initial search of the Bernards' car and mobile home by a K-9 unit revealed what was obviously a large quantity of marijuana, which prompted authorities to take the couple into custody.
The trial on the marijuana and meth charges has been scheduled for April 1st 2014. Prosecutors have asked the court to allow the Bernards to be tried together.
The couple is scheduled to be arraigned January 21st on the heroin and prescription drug charges.
The Bernards remain in custody on a $250,000 cash only bond.
The first set of charges against the Bernards are:
Count 1 â?? Conspire to deliver and/or possess with intent to deliver meth, a Class B Felony
Count 2 â?? Possession with intent to deliver meth, a Class B Felony
Count 3 â?? Conspire to deliver and/or possess with intent to Deliver, a Class D Felony
Count 4 â?? Possession with intent to deliver, a Class D Felony
Count 5 â?? Failure to affix Drug Tax Stamp, a Class D Felony
The second set of charges against the Bernards are:
Count 1 â?? Possession with intent to deliver Heroin
Count 2 â?? Possession of Diazepam
Count 3 â?? Possession of Lorazepam
Count 4 â?? Possession of Alprazolam
Count 5 â?? Possession of Clonazepam
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