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Prosecutors Eye Former Music Store Owner's Bond Money in Marijuana Case

Houston Muthart is accused of mailing 14 pounds of marijuana to himself at an Elmhurst storage facility.

The former owner of a music store in Tinley Park, who was accused of shipping 14 pounds of marijuana to himself at an Elmhurst storage facility, won a minor victory in court when a judge cut his bail in half.

That recent decision prompted prosecutors to ask for a closer look at any money Houston Muthart wants to use to get out of DuPage County Jail, saying they fear the bond money might be drug money.

Muthart, 59, was arrested last month when agents from the DuPage Metropolitan Enforcement Group intercepted a FedEx package destined for the storage unit he rented in Elmhurst. Muthart "told law enforcement that the package contained weed, but was for personal use," court records show.

Prosecutors contend that much marijuana "is not a personal use amount" and estimated its value at about $68,000. Investigators also located text messages from people that "owed" Muthart money, records show.

A grand jury indicted Muthart on one count of possessing more than 5,000 grams of marijuana with intent to deliver.

Muthart was originally held on $500,000 bail, but the amount was reduced last week to $250,000. Prosecutors immediately expressed concerned about where the bond money might come from and want a hearing on the issue. Muthart's attorney has yet to file a formal response.

"If the defendant posts bond in this case, it is believed that the bond money will come from proceeds of the crime in this case, or the proceeds of cannabis or narcotics dealing," prosecutors wrote in their motion.

Muthart is scheduled for a hearing Feb. 22, when he is also expected to be arraigned.

Muthart and his wife owned and operated the now-defunct Threshold Music Center at 7901 159th St., Tinley Park, until early 2008, five weeks after . As of late last year, no charges had been filed in that case.

Jim Court February 10, 2011 at 02:36 PM
Isn't it time that we legalize drugs? The drug war has been a complete failure. Prohibition did not work for alcohol, which in reality has far greater negative social consequences, nor will it work for drugs. The "War" benefits the police, prosecutors, the Courts, lawyers, and jailers. Drug use can only be prevented by education, treatment, and social pressure. It is completely hypocritical to allow alcohol to be consumed and see marijuana as illegal.
Tomato Brazil February 10, 2011 at 03:36 PM
Republocrats dont have the ability to see what is best for "the People" when their wallets are involved. This government needs an enema.
Joe O'Malley February 11, 2011 at 01:45 AM
Hey Jim...I am all for that! Let's make a list. My choices would be a Fentanyl Patch with a Versed chaser. This way we can all be comfortably numb when the politicians start their campaigns.
Karen Chadra (Editor) February 11, 2011 at 12:50 PM
HAHA! Chuckle of the day :)
Shirley czerniawsli May 14, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I have known Houston but we called him Bud since high school and he is a good person. Hard worker. Give him a break please
Jim Court May 15, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Shirley, I am against the war on drugs but he sure must have started using early to acquire the nickname of "bud".
Shirley July 25, 2012 at 01:22 AM
No I don't think that's the the reason. I dated him for 3 yes and I met him. With the name Bud and I never. Seen him smoke the stuff we were boyfriend. And girlfriend. For 3 yes and he was with me all the time and I NEVER saw him use it.he was my first. LOVE. AND HE WAS A GOOD MAN
Shirley July 25, 2012 at 01:24 AM
If you can tell Bud that I say hi and praying for him please tell him that
Shirley Czerniawaki September 28, 2012 at 02:45 AM
I was wondering if anyone ever got him a message from me? Tell him I'm thinking of them and hoping it all goes well for him And I'll keep him in my prayers
Shirley Czerniawaki September 28, 2012 at 02:46 AM
I don't know if he is in jail But if he is Is there a way I can write to him?
Shirley Czerniawaki September 28, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Is there a way I can write to him If he's in jail I mean?

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