ISP Pursuit Leads to Meth Dealing Arrests

(MORGAN CO.) – An Indiana State Police pursuit on State Road 37 landed four people behind bars for dealing meth.

On Thursday, September 19, just before 1 p.m., ISP Trooper Zachary Parker, a member of the ISP Bloomington District A.C.E.S, was patrolling State Road 37 near Henderson Ford Road in Morgan County when he noticed a southbound 2005 Chrysler 300 commit a traffic violation and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The Chrysler pulled over and then stopped. As Trp. Parker exited his police car, the Chrysler took off. 

A vehicle pursuit was initiated.

Michail Russell

Trp. Parker pursued the Chrysler southbound on State Road 37 into Martinsville. During the pursuit, the male driver, later identified as 44-year-old Michail Russell, was observed throwing items from the vehicle.

Once inside a trailer park, Russell voluntarily stopped for Trp. Parker and the Morgan County deputies and Martinsville Police who had joined the pursuit.

Russell was arrested without further incident.

During an inventory of the Chrysler, troopers located loose meth that had been dropped as Russell allegedly threw it from the vehicle.

Morgan County deputies and other troopers went to the areas where Trp. Parker had observed Russell throwing items from the car. The officers located almost 3 ounces of meth.

Sgt. Greg Day and Trp. Caleb Garvin, both of the ISP Bloomington District A.C.E.S, traveled to the address that Russell had given as his residence on Huggin Hollow Road, in order to inquire about the owner of the Chrysler. 

Thomas Majors

A male later identified as 41-year-old Thomas Majors was at the home. While speaking to troopers they noticed the odor of burned marijuana coming from inside the home.

Rachel Goodnight

Sgt. Day and Trp. Garvin requested the other two occupants of the residence, 31-year-old Rachal Goodnight and 35-year-old Crystal Dowell, to exit the residence.

Crystal Dowell

Once the residence was secured, Trp. Garvin applied for and received a search warrant for the home. During a search, troopers found approximately 1 ounce of meth, along with scales, baggies, marijuana, pills, syringes, and drug paraphernalia.

Troopers arrested Russell on charges of dealing meth, possession of meth, resisting law enforcement, obstruction of justice, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while driver’s license suspended.

Majors and Goodnight are facing charges of possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of drug paraphernalia

Dowell is facing a charge of possession of meth.

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