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State Police Make Meth Bust In Vallonia And Brownstown

Last updated on Tuesday, August 14, 2012

(VALLONIA) - State police arrested nine Jackson County residents Wednesday in two incidents related to the production or possession of methamphetamine.

One incident led to the removal of four children from a home in Vallonia, according to reports from the Indiana State Police Post at Bloomington.

That investigation began as state troopers received reports of a possible active methamphetamine lab in the 3400 block of Water Street in Vallonia.

Troopers went to the residence along with officers of Jackson County Sheriff's Department. Upon approaching the residence, officers reported they could smell strong odors associated with methamphetamine labs.

Police entered the residence and arrested Erica Bowman, 30, and Shawn Bowman, 31, on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance, neglect of a dependent and resisting law enforcement.

The Department of Child Services and Emergency Medical Services were called to assist in removing four children from the residence.

Police later arrested seven people found at a meth lab in a cabin alongside a creek, south of East County Road 100 South near Brownstown.

Tips led police to the cabin, where officers believed individuals were manufacturing methamphetamine on a regular basis.

When they arrived, troopers saw seven people sitting outside the cabin using meth-amphetamine. A search warrant was obtained, and the individuals were taken into custody.

The meth suppression unit at the Bloomington post as well officers from the Versailles post and the sheriff's department arrested Kelly Starke, 26, Columbus; Ashley Proffit, 23, Seymour; Matthew Bevers, 46, Seymour; and David Hamilton, 53, Brownstown, on charges of possession of methamphet¬amine and visiting a common nuisance.

Donald Kirts, 50, Norman, faces charges of maintaining a common nuisance and possession of methamphetamine; Scott Delph, 36, Seymour, faces charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of automatic switchblade knife; and Troy Smith, 47, Columbus, faces charges of possession of methamphetamine, resisting law enforcement, possession of paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance.

Master Trooper Jon Patrick, Trooper Josh Allen and Trooper Kent Rohlfing with the Bloomington post's meth suppression team were assisted by Trooper Justin Butler with the Bloomington post along with Troopers Matt Powell, Jared Black and Seth Davidson with the Versailles post.

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