The Herald Bulletin

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May 16, 2014

Anderson man heading back to prison on meth charges

ANDERSON — A man who was paroled this week will be heading back to prison after being convicted of drug charges Friday.

Tony L. Julian, 31, of Anderson, was found guilty of dealing methamphetamine, a Class B felony, as well felonies for maintaining a common nuisance and possession of chemical precursors. He was also found guilty of a misdemeanor for false informing. A 12-member jury found him not guilty on a fifth charge of possession of meth, a Class D felony.

The two-day trial wrapped up in Madison Circuit Court 3 after almost three hours of jury deliberation. Before heading into the courtroom to hear the verdict, Julian — who was just released from prison Sunday after serving a sentence on a criminal recklessness conviction — said he thought the long deliberation would work in his favor.

He was only partly right, as the jury returned guilty verdicts on four of the five charges. He will be sentenced by Judge Thomas Newman on June 9.

"The charges are trumped up," Julian said before being taken into custody. "I was originally ready to plead on the maintaining a common nuisance, but the prosecutors weren't satisfied with that."

According to a probable cause affidavit and police testimony, on Nov. 28, 2012, Drug Task Force Detective Clifford Cole was tipped off that 36-year-old Christopher Douglas was cooking meth at Julian's apartment in the 2300 block of Broadway, Anderson. Cole and Anderson officer Willie Ray went to investigate the home and immediately smelled a chemical odor they believed to be meth manufacturing in progress.

When they knocked on the door, Julian wouldn't let them inside and told them Douglas wasn't in the apartment. The officers later returned with backup units and Julian finally opened the door. Detectives found Douglas hiding in a bathroom. They also found chemical ingredients for making meth in a backpack, as well as two bags of powder that tested positive for about 3.8 grams of meth.

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