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Police interrupt man allegedly making a batch of methamphetamine

Friday, January 18, 2013

A 34-year-old Dugger man was allegedly in the process of making a batch of meth in an apartment in Linton this week, but was unable to complete his project due to an unexpected knock on the door -- by law enforcement officers.

Cory Joe Spinnie, 34, ended up in jail by 10 p.m. Wednesday where he was being held without bond.

During Spinnie's initial hearing in Greene Circuit Court on Friday, he was charged with one count of dealing methamphetamine in an amount of three grams or more, a class A felony, and possession of two or more chemical reagents or precursors with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance, a class D felony.

An investigation into Spinnie's activity started around 7 p.m. when Indiana State Police Trooper Richard R. Klun received information that Spinnie had purchased products that contained pseudoephedrine, ammonium nitrate and lithium metal -- all items that contain precursors used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. And all three were purchased within 35 minutes of each other in different locations.

Other officers got involved in the investigation including Det. Josh Goodman and Patrolman Brock Garrison, both from the Linton Police Department, and other members of the Greene County Drug Task Force including LPD officers and Jasonville Police Department officers.

They learned Spinnie, while traveling around Linton making purchases, had been with a Linton resident and they were able to determine the resident lived in a family housing complex located at 970 I St. NE. They knocked on the door.

The resident gave officers permission to search the apartment. Spinnie did not live there but he was there that evening and was taken to the Linton police station for an interview.

In a probable cause affidavit prepared by Trooper Klun, he said Spinnie first gave a story that was inconsistent with the facts, then did admit to buying the items and that he was in the process of crushing pills when officers arrived - the start of the manufacturing process.

The resident was also interviewed and reportedly said if officers had not intervened, the pseudoephedrine would have been crushed and they would have manufactured methamphetamine the next morning.

Spinnie was transported and booked into the Greene County Jail by Trooper Klun. Spinnie's arrest record, included in an LPD police report, shows several previous arrests in Greene and Owen counties dating back to 1999.

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Thank you, LPD and others who are keeping us safe.

-- Posted by lintonian31 on Fri, Jan 18, 2013, at 11:28 PM

Why didnt they say who the other person was, and why werent they arrested?

-- Posted by love4jesus on Sun, Jan 20, 2013, at 4:01 AM


-- Posted by srk on Sun, Jan 20, 2013, at 3:02 PM


-- Posted by trucker1234 on Sun, Jan 20, 2013, at 10:47 PM

srk, if in fact they were not arrested because they are a snitch, that really pisses me off! I am so sick of those who get out of trouble for being snitches, let the police do their jobs and investigate for themselves w/out the help of snitches, they can send in undercover officers to do that job..I have heard of at least one person who sells drugs (his own medication) and claims he's untouchable because he is a snitch, what a hypocritical system imo! I'm sick of it, all should be judged the same, get these drug dealers and drug users off the streets.

-- Posted by sassy12 on Mon, Jan 21, 2013, at 3:09 PM

yeah i think its a bunch of bull.the other person didnt get charged as well.it was there house...im sure it welfare also.and they admited what they was going to do.theres not one good reason for these person not to be in jail too...snitch or not...its a bunch of bull...

-- Posted by willam* on Thu, Jan 24, 2013, at 12:27 AM

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