Linton police officers were still at a residence this morning after discovering a methamphetamine lab in a trailer early today at the intersection of Fairview Road and County Road 200 North.
"We had had the residence under surveillance because of several calls to Crimestoppers," Linton police chief Keith McDonald said this morning.
McDonald said his officers saw Tyler Aaron Weidner leave the residence, get in a vehicle and was speeding.
"They pulled him over and found methamphetamine on him," McDonald said.
Linton officers Chad Crynes, Paul Clark and Gary Tannehill, who were involved in the arrests, went back to the residence, which currently is occupied by Brandy Summerville.
"They did a stop and knock. They suspected criminal activity. When the door was answered the officers informed the occupants that they had just pulled over their buddy and he was high," McDonald said.
The officers could smell ether, which is used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, when they walked up to the door.
"When they opened up the door, the smell about knocked them down," McDonald said.
McDonald said the officers got all of the occupants out of the house and away from the residence for safety reasons.
The officers then got a search warrant to search the residence. The Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab was due to arrive at the scene this morning to remove the items used in manufacturing methamphetamine.
Those arrested were:
McDonald was obviously proud of his officer's work in the bust and of the calls made to Crimestoppers that led to the arrests.
"Meth is a huge problem. The majority of our police work is meth related. People are stealing the items used in the manufacturing of the drug and the users are stealing to be able to buy meth. It is effecting retail stores and individuals," McDonald said.
He noted that with a new shift rotation there are always two officers on at a time and once a week there are three officers on at a time.
"That is when we are going to do our round ups. That is how it happened last night," McDonald said.
McDonald admits the meth problem is growing at an alarming rate.
"I don't know what we are gonna have to do to get a handle on it. We got the K-9 dog and we are part of the Southern Indiana Strike Force (a group of police officers from five counties that have joined together in the war on drugs)" McDonald explained.
McDonald admitted this morning's bust was on the outskirts of Linton, out of the city limits.
"There is no magic line. It is affecting Linton. It is affecting us and our citizens. It is causing problems in the city," McDonald said.
In the past eight months, the Linton Police Department has busted eight meth labs.
"We are working with other agencies in the county to form a task force to focus on the meth problem," McDonald said.