A father and his two sons were arrested on a variety of drug-related charges when Clay County Sheriff's Department officers raided their home early Saturday morning.
Tom Hoffman and his sons, Tim, 18, and Joe, 25, were awakened at their home, 4248 W CR1275S, just north of Jasonville, by officers from the Clay County Special Operation group.
"We did a walking stalk to the house. They didn't know we were out there. By doing this, surprise was on our side," said Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Dan Best.
The department received a search warrant signed by Circuit Judge Ernest Yelton.
"While working on an unrelated investigation there was a strong smell of ether coming from the house. An informant gave us information that allowed us to file a probable cause," said Best.
Officers did find items used in the manufacture of Methamphetamine in the house.
"A lab was not in production; however, remnants of a lab were still at the residence in bedroom," said Best.
Tim Hoffman had a loaded rifle in the bedroom with him.
"He surrendered without incident," said Best.
Tom Hoffman was arrested and charged with maintaining a common nuisance. He has bonded out of the Clay County Jail. Tim Hoffman and Joe Hoffman face charges of manufacturing Methamphetamine, possession of Methamphetamine, possession of precursors with the intent to manufacture Methamphetamine and possession of anhydrous ammonia.
Clay County Detective Mike Heaton and meth lab specialist Jeff Maynard were part of the team investigating the case. Assisting the officers on Saturday morning were Clay County Sheriff's deputies and reserves, the town marshals from Clay City and Center Point and the assistant town marshal from Carbon. A lab team from the Indiana State Police were also called to the scene.
Best was pleased with the execution of the search warrant and the arrests made.
"This warrant was served with no injuries to the officers or suspects," Best stated.
Best encourages residents that suspect drug use in their area to contact police with the information.
"I would encourage people to contact the police. We check out the information," said Best. The information is important to the police. "The information received from the informant was the direct cause for this warrant (in the Hoffman case)," said Best.