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Monday, February 18, 2008

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On Saturday morning, members of the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team categorized numerous items seized at the location of an active methamphetamine lab located in a residence at 6578 W US 40. An anonymous report to authorities about a strange chemical odor in the area led to the discovery.
Law enforcement officers were involved in a productive, yet unexpected, drug sweep during the past weekend, but Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times it wasn't enough.

"We made a dent this weekend, but it was only a small one compared to what really goes on out there," Heaton said, adding that when one source is shut down, another opens up. "When the word gets out that a batch of meth is cooking, people start coming."

Officers were able to get a search warrant because of an investigation into past and present complaints about a strange smell and suspicious activity around two homes located near the intersection of County Road 650 West and United States 40.

"People don't realize what it takes for law enforcement to get a search warrant," Heaton said about how laws have evolved over time to protect people's rights. "At first, an odd smell was good enough to get a search warrant, but now we need more evidence than that. Which is why drug investigations take a little longer, we have to be able to convince a judge we need the search warrant."

While serving the search warrant at 6578 W US 40, officers discovered two active methamphetamine labs and the remains of a third non-active meth lab. A stolen ATV, reported missing from Illinois, was also recovered during the investigation.

Suspects Galen Boyll, Patti Luker, Todd Bryan and Raymond Winn were taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Justice Center to be preliminarily charged on various drug related charges.

"Originally, only a few suspects were arrested at the scene, but people just kept coming. Even with officers in the driveway, they still got out of their cars and went to the door," Heaton said. "Who knows what people think or what they will do when they are addicted to this type of drug?"

Mark Scott, Michael Truax, Patricia Moore, Johnny Manning, Joe Brand, William Grycza and Jenny Grycza were all arrested and charged with visiting a common nuisance when they arrived at the residence located at 6564 W US 40.

"They kept coming, and we kept arresting them," Heaton said.

During the investigation, officers determined a red Dodge truck left the scene. Officers performed a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Nicolas Murans for suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. A working meth lab was discovered in the back of the pickup.

While the Indiana State Police lab team cleared the scene of the chemicals involved in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, Murans, who has a history of being a violent felon, was discovered to be in possession of a firearm.

Murans was transported to the CCJC for booking.

While officers continued the investigation, a person of interest to the investigation, Courtney Anderson, 18, Terre Haute, showed up at the CCJC to bond out one of the suspects Saturday evening.

When she left, CCSD deputies James Switzer and Brison Swearingen and Brazil City Police Sergeant Dennis Archer, following up on a tip from the investigation, performed a traffic stop at an undisclosed location within Brazil city limits. They determined Anderson did not have a driver's license and had a false and fictitious vehicle registration.

Upon further investigation, officers obtained a search warrant and discovered more than 4 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle along with several precursors used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Anderson was taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Justice Center.

Heaton gives credit to the community for their alertness at all hours of the day and the continuing dedication of local law enforcement officers to eradicate drugs from Clay County.

"This investigation shows that methamphetamine knows no boundaries. It affects people from all age groups, all backgrounds," Heaton said, adding the case is still ongoing and there is a potential for future arrests. "We continuously need the efforts of area residents making reports like this to help fight the ongoing drug problem."

Individuals arrested during weekend bust:

On Monday, the Clay County Sheriff's Department released the following information about 10 of the suspects arrested on preliminary drug related charges this part weekend:

* Nicholas Murans, 27, Fishers, Ind., was preliminarily charged with operating while intoxicated refusal, possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession precursors, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a hand gun without permit, possession of a switch blade knife. Murans remains incarcerated at the Clay County Justice Center on a cash bond of $25,000,

* Galen Boyll, 45, Brazil, was preliminarily charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursors, maintaining a common nuisance, possession methamphetamine, resisting law enforcement. Boyll remains incarcerated at the CCJC on a cash bond of $25,000,

* Patti Luker, 37, Brazil, was preliminarily charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession precursors, visiting a common nuisance. Luker remains incarcerated at the CCJC on a cash bond of $25,000,

* Raymond Winn, 34, Brazil, was preliminarily charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursors, visiting a common nuisance, resisting law enforcement. Winn remains incarcerated at the CCJC on a cash bond of $25,000,

* Todd Bryan, 44, Terre Haute, was preliminarily charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursors, visiting a common nuisance. Bryan remains incarcerated at the CCJC on a cash bond of $25,000,

* Patricia Moore, 45, Terre Haute, was preliminarily charged with possession of marijuana, visiting a common nuisance. Moore remains incarcerated at the CCJC on a cash bond of $5,000 with 10 percent allowed,

* Joe Brand, 47, Brazil, was preliminarily charged with possession of marijuana, visiting a common nuisance. Brand remains incarcerated at the CCJC on a cash bond of $7,000 with 10 percent allowed,

* Michael Truax, 58, Brazil, was preliminarily charged with visiting a common nuisance. Truax remains incarcerated at the CCJC on a cash bond of $3,000 with 10 percent allowed,

* Mark Scott, 43, Brazil, was preliminarily charged with possession methamphetamine, visiting a common nuisance,

* Johnny Manning, 35, Seelyville, was preliminarily charged with visiting a common nuisance, possession of a handgun without a permit and as a Habitual Traffic Violator. Manning remains incarcerated at the CCJC on a cash bond of $7,000,

* William Grycza, 49, Terre Haute, was preliminarily charged with visiting a common nuisance and two outstanding warrants issued from Vigo County,

* Jenny Grycza, 47, Terre Haute, was preliminarily charged with visiting a common nuisance, and

* Courtney Anderson, 18, Terre Haute, was preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia. Anderson remains incarcerated at the CCJC on a cash bond of $25,000.


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What great police agencies this area has! Pick 'em up, ship 'em out! Perhaps we need a new prison near I-70 and S.R. 59.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Tue, Feb 19, 2008, at 9:20 AM

Keep getting these "freaks" off the streets. This drug epidemic has done nothing but tarnish the name of our city. Great job officers....now get the rest of them!

-- Posted by vu_law_student10 on Wed, Feb 20, 2008, at 12:10 PM

Judges and Prosecutor - The Sheriff's Department and Police have done a great job putting these people in jail, now please do your jobs and don't let them out with a short suspended sentence - I'd hate to see these people get away with a slap on the wrist for this. We are sick and tired of all of the drug dealers and meth makers ruining our county.

-- Posted by snow on Wed, Feb 20, 2008, at 10:44 PM

Someone explain to me WHY a person who is looking to purchase drugs (of any kind) would continue to stop at a house with police cars in the driveway? Guess that's why they call it "dope", huh? What did these criminal think .. the cops were there to make a purchase?? Good LORD!! Idiots.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 10:40 AM


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