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Preliminary hearing set for 'Buckwild' cast member

A preliminary hearing for Salwa Amin, a cast member on MTV's "Buckwild," will be held today in Nicholas County, her attorney said.

Charleston attorney Mike Callaghan filed a notice of appearance in Nicholas Magistrate Court and will be representing Amin, 24, today in court. He said Amin's bond, which was set at $200,000 property or 10 percent cash, would be a topic of discussion during the hearing.

Callaghan would not answer many questions about Amin, who remains at Central Regional Jail. He said she would not speak with reporters and that he would likely advise against it for the time being.

When asked how she was faring in jail, Callaghan responded, "She's fine."

Amin has been at Central since late Sunday when she was arrested by members of the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force at a home in Summersville. She was taken in with two men, Shawn Booker, 41, of Detroit and Jason Jones, 24, of Summersville.

Police received a tip from a confidential informant Sunday that a shipment of drugs would be delivered to a home in Summersville by a vehicle with Michigan license plates, according to a complaint filed in Nicholas Magistrate Court.

Officers staked out Jones' home on Rainbow Lane. While they were watching the home, a car with Michigan tags drove up. The officers noted in the complaint that there was heavy traffic in and out of the house, which they said was indicative of drug trafficking.

With a search warrant in hand, officers searched the home and property. They found Amin, Jones and Booker hiding in a shed behind the house.

A search of Amin's purse turned up oxycodone pills, the complaint said. Booker had a large amount of cash on him. Officers also found three packages of heroin in the shed.

Police believe after statements made by Jones that Amin and Booker brought the drugs to Summersville to sell, according to the complaint.

Amin, a George Washington High School and West Virginia University Institute of Technology graduate, calls herself "Bengali in boots" on MTV's popular show.

The show, which was renewed for a second season last week, focuses on nine rowdy young people and their brand of fun in the hills and hollows of Sissonville and Charleston. The show also has taken viewers to bars and nightclubs in Huntington and Morgantown.

Amin, who is the oldest of the cast, said in her bio on MTV's website that she lives at home with her "strict" parents, who are from Bangladesh, and is always ready for a party.

This isn't Amin's first run in with authorities. The reality TV personality was arrested in Charleston on July 28 after a city police officer saw her screaming and yelling at a man walking into a building on Renaissance Circle. The incident occurred at about 4 a.m., police said.

The officer wrote in the complaint, filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court, that he warned her several times to stop but she refused. Officers said her screaming and yelling woke up several of the building's tenants.

Amin was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Kanawha Magistrate Tim Halloran dismissed the charge in November, according to court records.

Filming of the first season took place in the spring of 2012. Cast members have said via social media that filming of the second season is set to begin later this month.

Amin's hearing will be held at 10:45 a.m. in Nicholas Magistrate Court.  

Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at or 304-348-4850.


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