Three Jasonville men are behind bars after being charged Friday with a variety of drug-dealing charges in close proximity to a public park.
David "Troy" Lasure, 49, and Adam T. Caddell, 49, were arrested Thursday by the Greene County Drug Task Force.
Robert E. Steed, 46, was arrested Friday.
Lasure is charged with dealing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a public park -- a class A felony; possession of two or more chemical precursors -- a class C; possession of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a public park -- a class B felony
Caddell and Steed are both charged with dealing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a public park -- a class A felony.
All remain in the Greene County Jail with no bond, awaiting initial court appearances.
"During that investigation it is believed by police that the three men were involved in manufacturing and dealing methamphetamine at a North Washington Street address that is within 1,000 feet of Jasonville City Park while children were present in the park," said Jasonville Assistant Police Chief Jim Gadberry.
Jasonville Police Officer Andrew Duguay had initially been dispatched to the residence at 355 North Washington Street to investigate a report of an illegal burn.
The address has two structures on it, and the main residence is a small home owned by Steed. The second residence is a camper that is set up on the property and occupied by Lasure.
Lasure's camper trailer is located 850 feet from the northern most drive of the Jasonville park.
Duguay informed Steed that he was not able to burn trash items and told him to extinguish the fire.
While at the Steed residence, Duguay recognized Adam Caddell, who was at the home. Earlier in the day, Duguay received a telephone call from the Jasonville Pharmacy stating that Caddell had purchased pseudoephedrine and a cold pack from the store -- items known to police as precursors in the manufacture process for methamphetamine, according to the probable cause affidavit filed in the case.
The previous day, Duguay received a telephone call from the Jasonville Dollar General Store stating that Steed had purchased coffee filters and lithium batteries -- both known precursors in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
On Sept. 20, Duguay observed Steed leaving the Dollar General Store with two containers of iodized salt -- another methamphetamine manufacturing precursor.
A consent to search was obtained for both residences.
No illegal substances were located on the Steed property.
However, during a search of the Lasure camper, police turned up a clear plastic bottle with silver shreds floating along with an off-white colored dough material in the bottom.
Duguay said this container was a reaction vessel used in meth manufacturing.
In addition, police found other meth precursors, including a blender with white residue on it, coffee filters, glass Mason jars, camp fuel, plastic ziplock bags, digital scales, a pharmacy card with white residue on the edges, and a plastic bag that contained an off-white powdery substance that field tested positive as methamphetamine, a glass smoking pipe, and 30 PSN pills, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Lasure was arrested and taken to the Jasonville Police Department for interview by Task Force members Josh Goodman of the Linton Police Department and Ryan VanHorn of the Jasonville Police Department.
During questioning, Lasure said he was responsible for the reaction vessel and the burn pile contained the meth lab trash and empty containers.
Lasure, while admitting to smoking and ingesting methamphetamine, also told police that he's been doing the "shake and bake" method of manufacturing for about two or three months and said he usually manufactures methamphetamine every two or three weeks.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Lasure, who previously lived in West Terre Haute, has previously been convicted of possession of a controlled substance (2000 and 2001), dealing in methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine (2007) and possession of a narcotic drug (2008).
Trooper Jon Patrick, of the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab team, was called in to process the Lasure residence site.
The Greene County Drug Task Force is a cooperative effort between the Greene County Prosecutor's Office and officers from the cities, county, and state police.