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Domestic Dispute Complaint Leads To Meth Charges
Updated May 5, 2013 1:06 AM | Filed under: WBIW News
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(LINTON) - Linton police and Indiana State Police officers responded to a domestic complaint Sunday morning and discovered the components for a methamphetamine lab, a variety of controlled substance pills and drug paraphernalia located in close proximity to an apartment building.

According to Nick Schneider of the Greene County Daily World, 33-year-old Justus Kirk Wright and 33-year-old Tina Marie Wright are facing multiple charges. These charges include possession of two or more chemical reagents/precursors with intent to manufacture while in possession of a firearm, a class C felony; five counts of possession of a Schedule I, II, III or IV controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex, all class C felonies; and possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.

Both are being held in the Greene County Jail at Bloomfield without bond, pending initial court appearances, which are expected Wednesday.

Both are also charged under the same probable cause affidavit.

The case began when an unknown male flagged Linton reserve police officer Wayman Blazier regarding a domestic disturbance at the Wright residence at about 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Officers responded and conducted a safety sweep and found some drug paraphernalia, according to an offense reported filed by LPD Det. Paul Clark II.

Officers then requested a search warrant and used it to execute a search where they confiscated other evidence relating to illegal drug activity.

The Wright residence is located 822 feet from Liberty Place Apartments, a family housing complex, according to the probable cause affidavit prepared by Clark.
Police found numerous glass pipes, plastic baggies and bottles underneath a sheet on a bed in the main bedroom.

In addition, they confiscated Coleman camp fuel, denatured alcohol, a cold pack containing ammonium nitrate, a partial bottle of lye containing sodium hydroxide, a bottle of Rooto Drain Clean containing sulfuric acid and an empty can of starter fluid, which contains ether - all chemical reagents/precursors used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, according to the probable cause.

Officers also discovered a set of digital scales, numerous twist ties and a large quantity of bath salts and other cutting agents used to mix with methamphetamine, Clark wrote in his affidavit.

In the bathroom, police found an elaborate set-up with the ventilation system modified to assist with the meth manufacturing process, according to Clark.

"A blower motor had been used to replace the normal ventilation fan. Under the sink, was a rubber fitting that connected to the blower motor. We had located a piece of PVC piping that connected to the blower motor through the rubber fitting," Clark wrote.

He also stated in the affidavit that the PVC piping was located close to where the chemical reagents were located. The PVC pipe was filled with paper toweling and dryer sheets that apparently were used as a filtering device.

Also located in the bathroom was a plastic orange juice bottle that had been modified to allow two separate tubes to be connected to the bottle.

LPD Det. Josh Goodman identified the bottle device as a "reaction vessel" used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Police located numerous prescription pills in the residence including: 14 Hydrocodone pills - a Schedule II controlled substance; eight-and-a-half Alprazolam pills - a Schedule IV controlled substance; three Phentermine Hydrochloride pills - a Schedule IV controlled substance; a Morphine Sulfate pill - a Schedule II controlled substance; and one Amphetamine pill - a Schedule II controlled substance.

"A valid prescription for any of the medication could not be located," Clark wrote in the affidavit.

Inside a bedroom closet, police also confiscated a Rossi .410/.22 caliber shotgun/rifle combo with two barrels.

Also assisting in the case were LPD officers Josh Goodman, Chad Crynes and Thomas Jerrells, as well as ISP Master Trooper John Yung and ISP Trooper Eric Nash.



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