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Traffic stop results in three arrests

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Shannon B. Jeffers
An early morning traffic stop led to a search of a Staunton residence and the subsequent arrest of three suspects on felony drug allegations.

According to Clay County Sheriff's Department officials, a deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Shannon B. Jeffers, 30, Terre Haute, shortly before 4 a.m., on United States 40, just west of Brazil. However, once the vehicle stopped, Jeffers ran away while allegedly trying to dump packages of methamphetamine.

After a short distance, deputies caught Jeffers and located the discarded methamphetamine.

During a search of the abandoned vehicle, deputies also located a loaded handgun.

Jeffers was taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Justice Center. He was preliminarily booked on possession of methamphetamine, possession of a handgun by a violent felon and resisting law enforcement.

Meanwhile, officials obtained a search warrant for a Staunton residence located at 553 S. Staunton/Monroe Street.

Meaka N. Barnett
Officials confirmed two suspects were taken into custody at the home, including Meaka N. Barnett, 29, and Brock J. Mathews, 20.

As a result of the search, officials confirmed the discovery of more methamphetamine, another handgun and the makings of a meth lab.

The Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team was contacted to safely dismantle the lab, process evidence and clean up the area.

Barnett was booked into the CCJC on preliminary charges of neglect of a dependent, possession of a schedule III narcotic, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Brock J. Mathews
Mathews was booked on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.

All three suspects have $25,000 cash bonds (with no 10 percent allowed) and remain incarcerated while awaiting formal court proceedings.

A search of local court documents shows this is not the first time Jeffers or Mathews have found themselves in trouble.

Jeffers has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1998, including convictions for various felony charges for drugs, handgun possession, robbery, battery and resisting law enforcement.

Jeffers most recent run in with the law took place in June. While serving home detention on a prior conviction for possession of methamphetamine, Jeffers refused to leave his Terre Haute home when officers attempted to take him into custody on a warrant issued by the state to revoke his release.

Although no new charges were filed against Jeffers for the incident in June, he was later reprimanded for failing to appear in Vigo County Circuit/Superior Court Div. 3 on Nov. 29. Jeffers was ordered to appear, and did, on Dec. 6, and later released on his own recognizance to await court proceedings on the C felony charge of carrying a handgun without a license (filed Sept. 15, 2007) scheduled for Feb. 14, 2011.

It is unclear at this time if any new charges will be filed by Vigo County because of the new allegations facing Jeffers.

Released from the Indiana Department of Corrections July 3, Mathews has prior convictions in Clay County on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession or use of legend drug and possession of marijuana, has and/or hash oil.

Further information about this incident was unavailable as of press time due to the ongoing investigation. However, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton confirmed all three cases have been forwarded to the Clay County Prosecutor's Office for further review and may result in additional charges being filed.

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Nice Pic GURL!!!!!

-- Posted by Cardonia Redneck on Wed, Dec 29, 2010, at 2:30 AM

20 yrs !!!

-- Posted by otis66 on Wed, Dec 29, 2010, at 7:47 AM

Way to go Brock, guess you'll get to spend more time with your brother up at Pendleton again huh? Why can't you boys stay out of trouble??

-- Posted by Meadow31 on Wed, Dec 29, 2010, at 11:10 AM

Gotta love Karma.....Brock deserves anything and everything he gets!!!

-- Posted by Kayk on Wed, Dec 29, 2010, at 11:25 AM

Looking at the faces of Jeffers and Mathews tells the tale. Both of them look like they have no drive, no goals, dreams or ambition. It's a shame they've chosen a life of drugs.

Sounds like jail time hasn't taught either of them a lesson. Time to lock them up and throw away the key.

As for this "mother" who allowed her child to be around these druggies .. shame on you! You don't deserve the honor of calling yourself a Mother.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Dec 29, 2010, at 11:56 AM

I dont know what the answer is but arresting these folks over and over does not work.

-- Posted by Schraderfan on Wed, Dec 29, 2010, at 12:17 PM

Its clear the offenses are wrong...its also clear the terre haute dude is not only a snake but clearly cannot take responsiblity for his own actions...he rolled on his buddy in a second to save his butt. As for Meaka, she had been a outstanding mother until this little twit brock came along, its a shame when girls let men take them into dark places over "love" or companionship. I hope she does not have to pay for their mistakes, by letting someone live in your home. Yes action needs taken, but she deserves another chance. She has never been in trouble for drugs. Just my opinion.

-- Posted by bellababy on Wed, Dec 29, 2010, at 3:24 PM

BELLA .. maybe you're right. I know too many young females who mistake sex for love.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Dec 29, 2010, at 6:57 PM

okay..so lets blame the men in these women(s) lives and not the fact that these women were mothers before these Mr. Right figures have become such an influence in their lives. What right do these women have to subject their children to these kind of life styles...or maybe they were hooked before these wonderful men come into the picture..thye are the ones allowing themselves to be used...and their children abused

-- Posted by razldazl on Wed, Dec 29, 2010, at 8:20 PM

They are ALL old enough to know what they were doing was wrong. She chose drugs and these men over her child/children. I'm sorry, but I don't feel sorry for her.

-- Posted by th1953 on Wed, Dec 29, 2010, at 9:26 PM

I knew this girl long before this guy or drugs ever came into the picture, her mother is the MOTHER to her children NOT her!!! She has NO EXCUSE!!!! Her oldest son has always lived with her mom & her youngest two should have in my opinion!!! They ran around with no one watching them when they were about 2 & 3!!! She's not been a good mother EVER in my opinion... Her mom was!!! It was very sad!! Awful, but I was glad when she moved to another place in Harmony!!

-- Posted by nascarfans on Wed, Dec 29, 2010, at 10:32 PM

Hmmmm?!?! Seems like a lot of people "think" they know everything. Unfortunately, they don't. Meaka has not always been an upstanding mother. Read her facebook page, she states she has 7 kids. Where are the other 6? Not with her! I have NEVER heard anything good aboit her. It"s all been bad. By the way, she is also married. Where is her husband? And why is she letting guys come to her house?from my understanding these were not the only two. There were more. Scraderfan, you're right. Locking them up time and time again does not help. In my opinion, they only learn more. They need a "real" program like Mission Teen Homes aka House of Hope. Have seen one in person. They have a great program going there.

-- Posted by LM3561 on Sat, Jan 1, 2011, at 4:49 AM

This town and the people in it just amaze me. I think we need to quit making bad remarks about people,nobody is perfect if we was we would'nt be here.We all have made mistakes or have family members that have I say all we can do is pray and have the faith they will change there lifes.

-- Posted by blue25 on Sat, Jan 1, 2011, at 6:23 PM

Why is anyone shocked at these arrests? It has become common that there is at least 1 arrest a week for meth related charges. These three individuals knew the risks they took each and every time they did, sold, or made meth!! I understand addiction, however I DO NOT understand any mother, or father for that matter, do this around their children!!! Bellababy, I completely disagree with you. The little I know of Meaka is all bad. Nothing positive ever came out of her mouth or her actions, she should be ashamed of herself. All three of these criminals should get more than they probably will, since our elected officials really don't punish them, they just slap them on their wrists and let them go with a warning. We the citizens of this county should call for stricter punishments for the criminals. Come on give them the time they deserve!!! They could have sold to your children, sister, brother or even parents. Lets at least try to get meth off our streets!!

-- Posted by lmnop43 on Sun, Jan 2, 2011, at 12:08 AM

im not by any means a perfect person. i do hav alot of problems that need alot of attention. i do want to let all who left comments about me and my friend brock, know that u r nobody to judge us. if u really knew us outside our addiction, u would know we r kind, smart, outgoing people who have hopes and dreams. We just need to over come our weaknesses so we can become the people we really long to be. So the next time someone wants to judge another, please make sure u have faced ur own demons & overcome ur own flaws before u point out someone elses. It would help too if u actually knew the people u run ur mouth about so u dont look ignorant to the ones who really do know them.

-- Posted by meakaB;) on Sun, Mar 6, 2011, at 10:07 AM

the only thing i am going to say on this story is they are all guilty. they were all doing drugs and it was at her house so she knew what was going on and on other note dont feel bad for either one of them addiction or no addiction they are still old enough to know better she has kids he has a daugher and that is who ends up hurt the most. cant be a good father or mother if you are doing drugs and sleeping around on your husband who is in prison for drugs too and isnt shannon the father of your niece? and brock didnt he jsut get out of prison for drugs? all i am saying how many times do you have to go to relab or clean yourself up for you to stop making meth labs or selling drugs or whayever it is you are doing? time to grow up!

-- Posted by itiswhatitis7 on Sun, Mar 6, 2011, at 6:27 PM

People who live in glass houses should not throw stones... something im sure you have all heard. I cant stand to see ppl getting judged when im sure there are ppl on here who have or do something that is fround upon. Just because they have made bad choices DONT mean that they are trash and worthless... some ppl need support and ppl in their life to steir them the right way. I know that in respons to this im going to get well she has kids and hes been to prison before, why would they chance that.... well untill you have lived a day in their shoes to understand the addiction they suffer from, stop pointing your dirty fingers. I have kids of my own and i never want them to be around that, as im sure she didnt either, things happen and ppl make mistakes. Do they really deserve all the crapo talking, because if you really "THINK" that is going to "CHANGE" what they do you are all wrong! They need support and good advice. Someone to call when they get the craving and ppl to be there for them to cry on when they feel so weak they feel they have no other choice to make themselfs feel better. because believe it or not that makes them feel better... so instead of talking the bull ****, why not post some numbers of places they may be able to get help...

-- Posted by thesunwillshine on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 10:49 AM

and i get that its addiction but when you have had help and been to relab and there is people who help you and still yet again you end up on drugs, having more kids, stealing for those who have help you. it gets old. everyone makes mistakes but when making those mistakes you are supposed to learn from them so you dont mkae the same mistakes twice! and in this case no one is learning from those mistakes!

-- Posted by itiswhatitis7 on Thu, Mar 10, 2011, at 12:23 AM

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