The sister of Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was released from jail Thursday after a brief appearance in a Mississippi courtroom, a day after she was arrested during a methamphetamine bust.
Brandi Favre, 34, wearing orange prison scrubs and a GAP sweat shirt with her hands cuffed in front of her, was in the courtroom less than 10 minutes. Hancock County Justice Court Judge Tom Carver Sr. agreed to arraign Favre before her co-defendants because of the attention she drew.
Favre had been jailed on $40,000 bond on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and generating hazardous waste.
Defense attorneys Richard V. Dymond and Chad Favre said she returned home after posting bond Thursday afternoon. Chad Favre said he is a distant cousin and close friend of Brandi Favre.
If convicted, Brandi Favre faces up to $1 million in fines and up to 30 years in prison on each count.
She was among five people arrested Wednesday during a drug raid at a condo in Diamondhead, Miss. About nine grams of methamphetamine – worth about $1,000 – were recovered, said Hancock County Sheriff’s Maj. Matt Karl.
Karl said deputies found a meth lab in the bathroom and had to evacuate seven nearby condos while a hazardous materials team cleared out all the drug-making chemicals. And it wasn’t the first time deputies had encountered Brandi Favre, Karl said.
”She’s always in trouble,” Karl said.
Dymond said he was not sure what Favre’s relationship with her co-defendants was, or her relationship with Carl Wynn III, 53, whose apartment they were in when arrested. The other four, who also face drug-related charges, also had their bonds set at $40,000.
”We really haven’t had time to sit down and sort it all out yet,” Dymond said.
Favre appeared calm during her court appearance, standing directly in front of the judge’s desk, flanked by her attorneys.
”She’s OK,” Dymond said. ”She seems to be taking it all right.”
Favre’s next court appearance was set for Feb. 8.
She has been in trouble with the law before. In 1999, Favre, her sister-in-law and another woman were booked with felony shoplifting. In 1996, she was charged with unlawful use of a weapon in connection with a drive-by shooting at a motel in Slidell, La. At the time she was a student at Southern Mississippi, where Brett Favre played.
She completed a program in Louisiana that allowed her criminal charges to be erased.