5 arrested on meth lab charges
Five people were arrested last week after police found two separate methamphetamine labs.
Last Wednesday, Gary McAdams, 41, Barbara L. Tamte, 50, Carl D. Chanley Jr., 38, and Elizabeth R. Cochran, 23, were arrested at a residence near the intersection of Locust Point Road and Corydon-New Middletown Road. They were taken to the Harrison County Jail.
Indiana State Police Trooper Barry Brown said he was seeking charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursors, cultivating/possessing marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, and visiting a common nuisance for all four.
Brown said Corydon Chief Marshal James Kendall had contacted him after receiving a tip that meth was being manufactured at the residence owned by McAdams. Police went to the house to talk to the residents.
McAdams let Brown and Trooper Josh Banet in the house and directed them to the basement, where police found Chanley and Cochran.
‘Once inside the residence, we found meth and precursors in plain view,’ Brown said. ‘There was enough finished product to test positive for meth,’ he said.
Two other people who were at the residence, John W. Sterling, 49, and Darryl L. Roberts, 42, were detained for questioning and later released, Brown said.
Police obtained a search warrant and later returned to the house.
Thirteen marijuana plants were found outside the dwelling, and several hand guns and long guns were found in the house, Brown said.
An ISP clandestine lab team arrived late afternoon last Wednesday to dismantle what was left of the lab.
Brown credited the lab’s discovery to Kendall sharing information with other police agencies. ‘We work as a cohesive team,’ Brown said.
The trooper encourages anyone with information about meth labs to contact law enforcement. ‘We’ll act on it,’ Brown said.
On Friday, Brown and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. found another meth lab, this one at 4995 Seven Springs Road near Elizabeth.
Rex A. Norrington, 28, was arrested and taken to the Harrison County Jail. Chief Gary Gilley said he’s seeking several charges, including possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture meth, maintaining a common nuisance, obstruction of justice, possession of precursors and possession of drug paraphernalia.
After receiving a tip about Norrington, police obtained a search warrant, which was executed about 5:27 p.m. When police entered the residence, they found Norrington trying to flush a white powder down the kitchen sink drain. The powder later tested positive as ephedrine, an ingredient used to make meth.
Another white powder found tested positive for meth.
The ISP clandestine lab team found other precursors, including Red Devil lye, butane fuel, red phosphorous strips, bottles of iodine, road flares, acetone, denatured alcohol, charcoal lighter fluid, hydrogen peroxide, and numerous glass jars, digital scales, plastic baggies, soiled paper towels, coffee filters, latex gloves and razor blades.
Two antique long guns found in the house were taken for safe keeping, Gilley said, and will be returned later to Norrington or his relatives.