Follow The Republic:
Three Bartholomew County residents are among four people facing felony drug charges after police discovered a mobile methamphetamine lab following a short pursuit.
At least 50 people have been arrested on meth-related charges this year by Columbus Police, according to department statistics.
Mobile meth labs are considered dangerous because vapors can set off a fire and explosion if they come into contact with both moisture and a lithium battery, commonly used in meth production, the Indiana State Police said.
Amanda Jo Redford, 26, of 12406 S. Hillview Drive, Columbus; Jessica L. Olson, 28, of 9055 Wexford Court, Columbus; Christopher D. Axsom, 31, of 20526 E. State Road 46, Hartsville; and Brandon Brent Jacobs, 22, of 6050 Three Notch Road, Nashville, were in the same car that was pulled over by police Saturday morning in a rural area near the Flatrock River, west of the Noblitt Park area, Columbus Police Department spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said.
“(Police) found several ingredients and a lot of different stuff used for manufacturing meth,” Myers said. “There appeared to be an active meth lab in the vehicle.”
Jacobs was arrested on charges of possession of an illegal drug lab, a Class D felony; and driving while suspended, a Class A
Redford was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, a Class C felony; reckless possession of paraphernalia, a Class B misdemeanor; possession of paraphernalia with a prior conviction, a Class D felony; and possession of an illegal drug lab.
Olson was arrested on charges of possession of an illegal drug lab and false informing, a Class A
Axsom was arrested on charges of possession of an illegal drug lab and false informing.
At 8:33 a.m. Saturday, Patrolman Greg Ross saw Jacobs, whom he knew to have a suspended license, driving a 2002 Kia on North Indianapolis Road, south of Tellman Camp Road, Myers said.
After Ross began following the car, Jacobs turned onto Tellman Camp Road and began moving at a high rate of speed, Myers said. As the pursuit continued along two rural roads, Ross could see occupants appear to be moving items around until the Kia pulled into a residential driveway off County Road 100N, Myers said.
While one suspect claimed they were in the driveway to visit a relative, the homeowner said he didn’t know any of the suspects, Myers said.
Once Jacobs was taken out of the car, handcuffed and placed on the ground while awaiting the arrival of other officers, both Olson and Axsom gave the officer false names, Myers said.
As Redford stepped out, the officer saw a glass smoking pipe in her seat, which resulted in a search that turned up a white powder in a small plastic bag and syringes in her purse, Myers said.
Redford admitted the corner-cup plastic bag contained methamphetamine, which she claimed to use because she is homeless and is often given overnight accommodations if she agrees to do drugs, Myers said.
After other officers arrived and the four suspects were taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, an inventory was taken of the contents in the car.
Narcotics officers were immediately sent to the scene to photograph and remove all meth-related items before the vehicle was towed away, Myers said.
The search also turned up marijuana, a finished form of meth in the rear cargo area and a BB gun and a paintball gun, Myers said.
All four suspects were released late Monday morning after being detained on a 48-hour hold, according to jail officials.
Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!
Note: All comments left on our sites are first reviewed by an automated comment moderation system. Your comment may take up to 5 minutes to appear. If for any reason your comment can not be approved you will receive an email from this system with a detailed explanation.
All content copyright ©2013 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.