Two Holton men arrested after police discover
active meth lab
men were arrested earlier this week after police in Decatur County
made a traffic stop and discovered an active methamphetamine lab
inside the vehicle.
According to information from Sgt. Robert Duckworth of the Decatur
County Sheriffs Office, the discovery was made after they
received a report of suspicious activity on west County Road 1100
S. in Decatur County. Deputy Kevin Rohr and Trooper Rick Love
of the Indiana State Police responded. The vehicle pulled into
a driveway where the driver, Billey A. McRoberts, 30, of Holton,
immediately exited, coming towards Deputy Rohrs vehicle.
McRoberts did not comply with the commands of officers and during
his arrest fled on foot. Columbus Police Department provided a
K-9 to assist to locate McRoberts.
Along with an active methamphetamine lab inside the vehicle McRoberts
was driving, officers found large amounts of precursers to support
additional production efforts including a self-made storage tank
full of anhydrous ammonia. They also seized a loaded 9mm handgun.
Officers at the scene were assisted by the Investigations Division
and the ISP Methamphetamine Suppression Section.
During the investigation three people were arrested: McRoberts,
who faces possible charges of Manufacturing of Methamphetamine
over 3 grams, Class A Felony; Possession of Methamphetamine with
a Firearm, Class C Felony; Unlawful Possession of Anhydrous Ammonia,
Class C Felony; and Escape, Class C Felony. He is also wanted
out of Ripley County for Resisting Law Enforcement and a warrant
out of Jennings County for Failure to Appear Leaving Scene of
Shawn E. Moore, 31, of Holton, was also arrested on a warrant
out of Washington County for Receiving Stolen Auto Parts.
Karen S. Gadd, 43, of Greensburg, was taken into custody with
charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Controlled
Substance, both Class D Felonies.
Several agencies assisted during the arrest and investigation.
They include: Columbus Police Department, Westport Police Department
and Fire, Indiana State Police, Versailles District, Indiana State
Police Meth Suppression Section, Greensburg Police Department
and Fire, and Decatur County EMS.