Multi-Agency effort leads to methamphetamine dealing arrests

MITCHELL – On Sunday night, the Indiana State Police Bloomington District A.C.E.S. (Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Section) conducted a traffic stop in Lawrence County that resulted in the arrest of a male and female for dealing methamphetamine.

Dustin Dalton

The investigation began when the Bloomington Police Department narcotics detectives received information that 34-year-old Dustin R. Dalton, of Bloomington, was involved with dealing meth in Monroe and surrounding counties. The investigation revealed that Dalton was allegedly on his way to Monroe County with a large amount of methamphetamine.

A coordinated effort was put into place and around 9:30 pm when an Indiana State Trooper and Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputy observed a Camaro occupied by Dalton westbound on State Road 60 East, near Thralls Road.

Spring Delano

The officers conducted a traffic stop for a speeding violation and discovered that a female, 39-year-old Spring Delano, of Bloomington, was driving the vehicle with Dalton and a young infant in the vehicle as passengers. 

During the traffic stop, canine, Flek, gave a positive alert on the Camaro and a subsequent search of the vehicle revealed Dalton and Delano were in possession of approximately 88 grams of meth and less than 5 grams of Fentanyl. Also, an AR-15 .223 rifle was discovered in the Camaro.

Canine Flek with the drugs and weapon seized by ISP.

Assisting at the traffic stop were Bloomington detectives and a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputy.

The Department of Child Services responded and removed the infant ensuring a safe environment.

Both Dalton and Delano were arrested on felony charges of dealing meth over 10 grams, possession of meth over 28 grams, dealing narcotic drugs with a firearm, and neglect of a dependent.

Anyone with illegal drug activity information is requested to call the Indiana State Police Bloomington Post at 812-332-4411, or the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office tip line at 812-545-4700, or send an email to All calls are confidential.