Woman arrested on drug charges has 2 cases pending

Amanda Mullen

ELKHART — An Elkhart woman who disappeared before her trial and sentencing in two separate cases that involve drug and firearm charges has been arrested with nearly 50 grams of meth allegedly in her possession.

Amanda Mullen, 35, was arrested May 17 following a traffic stop near the intersection of U.S. 20 and C.R. 17. She was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a Level 3 felony, and operating a motor vehicle after a lifetime license forfeiture, a Level 5 felony.

She was additionally charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. 

She was booked in the Elkhart County Correctional Facility on $100,000 bond, with her initial hearing set for May 23.

According to court documents, police found a total of 49 grams of meth in the vehicle she was driving. They also found 13.1 grams of marijuana, a glass pipe and $1,327 in cash.  

Other charges

Mullen is also facing numerous charges dating back to June 2016 and January 2017. 

The 2016 charges include carrying a handgun as a convicted felon and driving after license forfeiture, Level 5 felonies, and misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license. She pleaded guilty to the two felonies but didn’t appear for her December 2016 sentencing, resulting in a bench warrant being issued for her arrest.

The following month, she ran from a traffic stop and wasn’t found and arrested until that October. Her 2017 charges include Level 3 felony meth possession, Level 5 felony gun possession and driving after license forfeiture as well as resisting law enforcement in a vehicle, a Level 6 felony. 

In March 2018, a judge set a jury trial in both cases and lowered her bond to $5,000, which she paid and was released from jail. Her trial was rescheduled to September 2018, but she failed to appear for court hearings ahead of her trial, resulting in additional bench warrants being issued.

Another postponed trial date in January 2019 also came and went, but Mullen couldn’t be tried in absentia because she had never acknowledged her new trial.

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