Convict faces more drug charges

Published 11:03 am Friday, April 22, 2011

An Austin man who has previously been convicted of a drug crime in Mower County has pleaded not guilty to two drug charges.

Bryan Douglas Battin, 45, pleaded not guilty Thursday to fifth-degree drug possession and storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child in Mower County Court.

According to court documents, police went to Battin’s home on April 6 to arrest him on a pre-trial release violation. When police found Battin in a bedroom, he had a .027 blood alcohol content and admitted he had alcohol and marijuana in his system.

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Police found two straws and four “corner baggies” that tested positive for methamphetamine under Battin’s bed, according to a court complaint. The complaint also said the attached child’s room was filled with dirty dishes that “appeared to be weeks old,” dirty diapers, cigarette butts on the carpet, empty beer cans and garbage.

Battin refused urinalysis once he was in custody.

His jury trial is scheduled to begin July 11.