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Four arrested early Monday

Monday, September 19, 2011

Michael Samm
On Monday, officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department announced the arrests of four individuals stemming from various charges.

According to officials, in late August, deputies received information that methamphetamine was allegedly being manufactured on the property located at 14114 S. CR 550 W., Clay County.

The residence at the property, a singlewide house trailer with a garage, was the home of Michael G. Samm, 31.

William Ward
During the course of the investigation, deputies were also informed that a wanted individual was a frequent visitor to the property, often staying in the trailer.

Through a records check, officials discovered on July 25, 2011, Clay County Superior Court had issued a warrant for Justin McDonald, 26, in the form of a petition to revoke probation on prior charges of burglary, theft, residential entry and habitual offender.

Deputies received information that McDonald was at the residence during the early morning hours of Monday. Deputies were also informed there was an active methamphetamine laboratory on the property.

Amanda Wheeler
Upon arrival, officials detected chemical odors associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine and witnessed a vapor cloud emanating from the garage area.

Law enforcement officials determined there were people inside the residence and asked them to exit, to which they refused. Deputies then set up a perimeter around the property and called for assistance.

As soon as assistance arrived, deputies attempted to retrieve a search warrant for the residence, garage and surrounding property, which was approved.

Justin McDonald
Officials had to use a public address system to make contact with the occupants of the trailer, informing them they had a search warrant.

After a short time, William Ward, 28, Jasonville, and Amanda Wheeler, 33, Coalmont, exited the residence and were taken into custody on preliminary charges of Visiting a Common Nuisance and Resisting Law Enforcement.

An additional misdemeanor charge of Marijuana Possession was later added to Wheeler after a small amount of the drug was discovered in her purse during a search.

Officials learned Samm was still in the residence, allegedly in a rear room and several firearms were inside the home.

After continuing to make contact with Samm for approximately one hour, a distraction device, known as a flash bang, was thrown into the residence in the area where he was believed to be.

Only seconds after the device detonated, Samm exited the trailer and was arrested.

A deputy, however, was injured during the arrest. Officials are not releasing the name of the deputy at this time.

After entering the residence, officials discovered a scoped rifle lying on the floor in a bedroom Samm was alleged to have been hiding.

During a search of the property, an active clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was discovered as well as several inactive labs and necessary precursors for other labs.

They also located at least three previously active labs in the yard.

Samm was arrested and preliminary charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors, Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Resisting Law Enforcement.

Throughout the course of the incident, officials learned that McDonald had been at the residence earlier, but had left.

However, officials were informed he was at a different residence, located at 13720 S. CR 500 W.

Deputies arrived at the residence and found McDonald sleeping on the couch. They also located a rifle and small amount of marijuana.

McDonald was arrested on the warrant that had been issued as well as additional charges of Violent Offender in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of Marijuana.

Officials stated the investigation is ongoing and additional charges could be filed.

All four suspects remain incarcerated at the Clay County Justice Center while awaiting formal court proceedings. Wheeler and Ward were booked in on $500 bonds, while Samm and McDonald were booked in on $25,000 cash-only bonds (no 10 percent allowed).

Assisting in the investigation included the Clay City Police Department and the Indiana State Police Clandestine Methamphetamine Team.

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Great looking bunch. These pictures should be sent to our schools, so the kids can be reminded of why drugs are bad.

-- Posted by olmedic on Mon, Sep 19, 2011, at 5:19 PM

what a mess,I agree with olmedic show these piictures to your kids and show them what drugs do to you.

-- Posted by clycogrl on Mon, Sep 19, 2011, at 6:23 PM

"Don't smoke crack"- Lawrence Taylor Hall of Fame linebacker from the New York Giants

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Mon, Sep 19, 2011, at 6:27 PM

What?!?!? No one telling us that these are just poor misunderstood souls and that they are great daddies to their babies?

-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Mon, Sep 19, 2011, at 6:49 PM

Way to go Matt!!!!!!

-- Posted by giveahootbusted on Mon, Sep 19, 2011, at 7:55 PM

Great job ccsd, ccpd and isp.

-- Posted by wolfpass on Mon, Sep 19, 2011, at 8:31 PM

Throw the book at em, lock em up tight and throw away the key!!!!! Great job getting these scumbags off the streets!!!!

-- Posted by clgruener on Tue, Sep 20, 2011, at 10:43 AM

Losers. How pathetic looking.

-- Posted by Bruther on Tue, Sep 20, 2011, at 11:03 AM

Hey HILLBILLIE .. Justin is grown now (26yo) and it doesn't look like Mommy & Daddy helped him out of this one, so why not just be happy these guys were apprehended without incident?

I don't know Justin or his parents, but from the sound of it, they're good enough to leave him in jail.

Thanks to all who were involved in this operation.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Sep 20, 2011, at 11:12 AM

Good post Emmes.

-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Tue, Sep 20, 2011, at 11:14 AM

Great job CCSD. Stay safe and God bless you and your families!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Sep 20, 2011, at 12:13 PM

Matt Dillon, the story is about their illegal activity, which obviously out weigh their good qualities if any.

Now Hillbillie...Emmes is right...ever heard of being a responsible adult, these people will answer for their illegal actions against the community of good people and I'm sure mom and dad has tried to help them if their up ringing was healthy and good. At that age they know difference between wrong from right.

-- Posted by jamesjomatic on Tue, Sep 20, 2011, at 6:58 PM

Newbie, no doubt.

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Tue, Sep 20, 2011, at 8:40 PM

lol @ DAG. Seems to be.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Sep 21, 2011, at 11:31 AM

jamesjomatic, thanks for staightening Hilllbille, Dag & me out.

-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Wed, Sep 21, 2011, at 2:49 PM

That must be some goood stuff to pay this kind of price for it. I'll pass.

-- Posted by Gunslinger on Fri, Sep 23, 2011, at 7:01 PM

Amanda Wheeler 33....Really??? She looks about 55. Drugs are not good for your looks.

-- Posted by willylee1961 on Fri, Sep 23, 2011, at 9:45 PM

Justin McDonald killed a guy Jan. 1, 2014 and his daddy got him out of that one.

-- Posted by First Amendment on Thu, Oct 29, 2015, at 8:14 PM

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