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Carmi man turns misdemeanor theft into felony drug charges

Posted by on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 @ 12:56 pm.

Russell Wardrip

WHITE CO., Ill. — A Carmi man is facing two felony counts following his arrest Tuesday, July 9.

Authorities say that Russell A. Wardrip, 38, of 802 Third St., Carmi, was taken into custody at 11:43 p.m. that night at 200 Fairground Rd., in Carmi on an outstanding White County misdemeanor arrest warrant accusing him of theft of a sterling silver necklace.

Subsequent to a pat-down, authorities say they discovered on his person methamphetamine and paraphernalia.

Wardrip was additionally charged with a pair of felonies including Use of a Vehicle to Structure a Drug Crime Unlawful Possession of  Methamphetamine and misdemeanor Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

His criminal history includes an arrest October 2, 2013 during which he was charged with one count each of Theft and Criminal Trespass to Land.
Those charges were later dismissed.

He was arrested again November 10, 2017 and charged with Domestic Battery Causing Bodily Harm, Criminal Damage to Property and Disorderly Conduct.

On November 22, 2017 he pleaded guilty to the property damage charge in return for the remainder of the charges being dismissed and was sentenced to conditional discharge for two years and ordered to pay $752 in fines and fees.

Wardrip was booked into the White County Jail where he is being held on a $150 cash bond.

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