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Traffic stop leads to morning arrest

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Raymond Shepherd
An early morning traffic stop led to arrests in two counties Wednesday.

At approximately 3:45 a.m., Clay County Sheriff's Department deputies initiated a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle in rural northern Clay County.

According to a press release from the CCSD, both the driver and passenger displayed suspicious behavior, and a routine check on the vehicle's information found the license plate to be false.

An undisclosed amount of methamphetamine was also found on the driver, Raymond Shepherd, 22, Indianapolis, who was taken into custody.

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times the county's narcotics detective was aware of Shepherd's association with an individual in Vigo County who had an outstanding arrest warrant. Heaton added Shepherd cooperated with deputies in providing information on the whereabouts of the wanted individual.

CCSD assisted the Vigo County Sheriff's Department in converging on a rural Vigo County home, where the wanted man was reported to be.

While knocking on the door, deputies discovered a "one pot" methamphetamine lab, several precursors used in the manufacture of methamphetamine along with a large propane tank, which appeared to contain anhydrous ammonia.

VCSD took the individual into custody a short time later on methamphetamine-related charges.

Shepherd was booked into the Clay County Justice Center on preliminary charges of felony Possession of Methamphetamine Wednesday with a $7,000 cash bond.

On Thursday, officials at the Justice Center confirmed to The Brazil Times that Shepherd remains incarcerated at the facility awaiting formal arraignment.

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Heaton added Shepherd cooperated with deputies in providing information on the whereabouts of the wanted individual. ~ LOL Really? Anyway, Good Job CCSD and VCSD on the arrests.

-- Posted by Tabby on Thu, Jul 21, 2011, at 11:30 PM

Heaton added Shepherd cooperated with deputies in providing information on the whereabouts of the wanted individual.

Great job but wow, some things should be kept confidential! Think the next guy is gonna help you out if you print that in the paper??

-- Posted by just thinking on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 8:27 AM

I agree "just thinking." I thought the same thing.

-- Posted by alittleopinion on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 9:14 AM

What were you thinking Heaton... You are suppose to keep people safe. I think your comment on him being a snitch just put a price on his head.... Good luck geting anyone to help next time.... Bad move....

-- Posted by purehonesty on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 10:30 AM

The reporter should also have used just a bit of common sense and not put that little tidbit in the paper.

-- Posted by BWare on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 11:02 AM

And you are worried about the welfare of some dirtbag carrying drugs around? Please! He should have stayed at home playing PS3 or been in bed. Maybe some more of his associates are peeing in their pants right now!

Great job Sheriff Heaton....keep 'em talking and get 'em off the streets peddling their poison.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 11:13 AM

Yea, put all the snitches names in the paper, then the police won't get any info. Great idea Proud.

-- Posted by BWare on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 1:56 PM

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