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Two arrested for meth possession at checkpoint

Sunday, March 11, 2012

VIGO COUNTY -- While conducting a DUI checkpoint Saturday, from 10 p.m.-midnight, troopers from the Indiana State Police Putnamville Post arrested two after discovering an alleged methamphetamine lab in a vehicle.

The checkpoint was just west of the Wabash River on United States 40 near Schley Place.

The checkpoint was in conjunction with the statewide Operation Pull Over blitz, which began March 2, and concludes March 18.

During the checkpoint, Trooper David Petrowski encountered a green 1995 GMC SUV with a defective rear license plate light.

As the driver exited the vehicle, a plastic bag allegedly containing items commonly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine was protruding from the man's pocket.

Further investigation allegedly found a "ready to cook" meth lab in the rear of the vehicle. There was no finished meth product found at the time of the arrests.

The driver of the vehicle, Jeremy D. Gibson, 39, Terre Haute, and passenger, Bruce E. Thomas, 36, Terre Haute, were both arrested and incarcerated at the Vigo County Jail, with bond set at $85,000, 10 percent acceptable.

Each man was preliminarily charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine (a class B felony), Possession of Ephedrine (a class D felony), Possession of Precursors (a class D felony), Possession of Anhydrous Ammonia (a class D felony), Dumping Controlled Waste (a class D felony), and Illegal Storage of Ammonia (a class A misdemeanor).

In addition to the meth lab arrests, troopers at the checkpoint arrested one person for DUI and issued 10 citations and 16 warnings.

Four drivers were cited for Driving While Suspended and six portable breath tests were administered.

A total of 233 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with nine troopers assigned.

After the checkpoint, Putnamville District Troopers conducted saturation DUI patrol and arrested three for DUI, three for miscellaneous criminal violations, issued nine citations, and 12 warnings.

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