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The mother of a suspected methamphetamine “smurf” out of jail on bond hauled her son into Anderson Circuit Court on Wednesday, then stood and watched as deputies hauled him off to jail.
Evan Cochran, 20, of Lawrenceburg was arrested in May along with four others on methamphetamine-related charges. Evans told arresting officer Jeremy Cornish of the Lawrenceburg Police Department that he was “smurfing,” a term used to describe those who purchase pseudoephedrine and other substances for others who manufacture meth.
On Wednesday, Cochran and the others arrested that day were scheduled to appear for a disposition hearing. As Cochran appeared in front of Judge Charles Hickman, his mother asked and was allowed to approach the judge, telling him that her son had not been obeying curfew and that she suspected he was using drugs, although not the drugs he was charged for.
The mother asked Hickman if she could be released from the bond she had posted for her son.
Hickman agreed and ordered a bailiff to take Cochran into custody.
Cochran did not speak but appeared surprised as he stood with his mouth open before a bailiff led him from the courtroom.
Cochran appeared back in the courtroom a short while later, this time in handcuffs and seated with other inmates waiting their turns in front of the judge.