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.