Meth house shut down

2 Elizabethtown residents arrested

A traffic stop in Columbus has led to the dismantling of a methamphetamine distribution operation in Elizabethtown.

The Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team in Bartholomew County arrested two people and confiscated a large amount of paraphernalia, drugs and drug-dealing equipment Tuesday from a home on 11th Street in Elizabethtown, according to a media release.

Stephanie Cecil, 28, of 107 11th St., Elizabethtown, was arrested on preliminary charges of:

Dealing in methamphetamine

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Possession of methamphetamine

Maintaining a common nuisance

Possession of paraphernalia

Travis Sneed, 23, also of 107 11th St., Elizabethtown, was arrested on preliminary charges of:

Possession of methamphetamine

Maintaining a common nuisance

Possession of paraphernalia

Bartholomew County warrant

The investigation began after Columbus Police Department officers made a traffic stop at 11:53 p.m. Monday on U.S. 31, police said.

A passenger in the vehicle, Angela K. Spencer, 39, 1819 Hiker Trace, was arrested on three Bartholomew County warrants and charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia, Columbus police said.

During the investigation, police determined Spencer had obtained the methamphetamine from Cecil at her 11th Street address in Elizabethtown, police said.

The Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team, along with Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies, Columbus police and its community policing unit, served a search warrant at the address Tuesday night, when they found the methamphetamine-distribution operation, police said.

Cecil was arrested immediately and Sneed was arrested after he was found hiding under a bed in the house, police said.

Cecil and Sneed are being held in the Bartholomew County Jail without bond, jail officials said.

Spencer is being held in jail in lieu of $127,500 bond, jail officials said.

JNET is a collaboration of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, the Columbus Police Department and the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s office.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.