A chemical odor at a northern Bartholomew County campground led to the arrest of two area residents for drug violations.
An 8-year-old girl who was present now is in the care of a family member
Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested James C. Warner, 43, of Taylorsville, and Lori A. McIntosh, 40, of Edinburgh, about 2:30 a.m. Thursday at Heflin Park near Taylorsville.
Warner and McIntosh each face felony charges of manufacturing methamphetamine in a public park, possession of meth in a public park and possession of precursors in a public park. McIntosh, the mother of the 8-year-old, also faces a felony charge of neglect of a dependent.
Each was being held Thursday on $150,000 bond at the Bartholomew County jail.
Sheriff Mark Gorbett said “it turns my stomach” to see an 8-year-old exposed to illegal drugs.
Sgt. Kris Weisner, a road patrol supervisor for the sheriff’s department, said in his report that he was at the park for an unrelated matter when he smelled a strong chemical odor that he recognized as acetone, typically used in the production of meth.
He said he tracked the odor to a campsite and found on a picnic table items associated with making meth, including drain cleaner, a soft-drink bottle with a hose, wet coffee filters that tested positive for meth and digital scales.
Weisner called for help and later arrested Warner and McIntosh, who were at the campsite at that time with the child.
Police said a subsequent search of the campsite vicinity uncovered various other possible production items, including a coffee filter that police said contained more than 3 grams of meth.
The child was unharmed by the meth components or odor, police said.
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