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Alabama judge held on meth charge in Mississippi

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — An Alabama judge was jailed on methamphetamine possession charges Tuesday in the same Mississippi town where his wife was arrested earlier this year on similar charges.

Ira D. Colvin, a district judge from Pickens County was arrested Monday afternoon by police investigating suspects who were believed to be traveling store-to-store purchasing ingredients for the drug, said sheriff's officer Ivan Bryan.

Officers found precursors for methamphetamine in Colvin's vehicle along with about a gram of powdered meth and a small amount of the drug in liquefied form like it was ready to be injected, Bryan said.

"He had two needles ready to go," said Bryan.

Colvin asked for an attorney following his arrest, Bryan said, but records did not show whether he had hired a lawyer.

Colvin, 58, of Carrollton was arrested four months after his wife, Christy Dawn Wheat Colvin, was charged with possession of methamphetamine in Columbus. Police followed her as she drove around town allegedly trying to buy the ingredients for methamphetamine.

Officials said charges against Mrs. Colvin were still pending. She was freed on bond.

The judge will remain jailed until police and court workers finish paperwork that has to be done before he is freed on bond, Bryan said.

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