A traffic stop in rural Bartholomew County led to the arrest of two area residents on charges of making methamphetamine.
About 1 a.m. Friday, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputy Chase Kittinger observed a vehicle traveling above the posted speed limit in the area of U.S. 31 and State Road 7.
Kittinger attempted to stop the vehicle in the area of County Road 525E and State Road 7. The vehicle initially failed to stop but eventually stopped at the Elizabethtown Park, according to a Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department media release.
Kittinger discovered a one-pot meth lab inside the vehicle, said Maj. Todd Noblitt, spokesman for the sheriff’s department.
Melvin Foree, 31, 2809 S. County Road 900W, Scipio, and Dawn Johnson, 29, 1104 Brittney Blvd., Seymour, were arrested on the same charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony, and possession of drug precursors, a Class D felony.
Foree and Johnson are being held in the Bartholomew County Jail on bonds of $175,000.
The one-pot method is a smaller-scale meth lab that usually involves a 2-liter plastic bottle, Noblitt said.
“They are extremely dangerous — explosive and volatile,” he said.
The active ingredients inside the bottle sometimes can melt a hole in the plastic, causing an explosion, Noblitt said.
One-pot labs are uncommon for Bartholomew County, he said.
Five face felony drug charges after traffic stop
Five area residents face charges related to the production of methamphetamine after police found a one-pot lab inside a car early Friday in Brownstown.
The five — Jason Finch, 29, Vallonia; Robert Stice, 38, Seymour; Megan McIntosh-Lasher, 22, Bloomington; Ashley Wallace, 23, Brownstown; and Patric Ponder, 23, Brownstown — each face one count of manufacturing methamphetamine, according to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. The charge is a Class B felony.
The five were arrested after county Officer Rick Meyer stopped a 1997 Ford passenger car at Main and Commerce streets in Brownstown about 4:20 a.m. Friday.
Meyer said he received consent to search the vehicle during the stop, and that’s when he found a two-liter bottle that had been used to make the drug. Police also found drug paraphernalia and hypodermic needles.
The five were taken to the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown and were being held without bond Friday morning.
Finch also is being held on a Scott County warrant, and Ponder was being held on a Lawrence County warrant. Stice also faces a charge of possession of a hypodermic needle, and McIntosh-Lasher faces charges of possession of a hypodermic needle and possession of paraphernalia.
Marty Mead, a member of the Indiana State Police meth suppression team, took the lab for disposal. Trooper Seth Davidson and Brownstown Officer Steve Scarlett
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