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Officials arrest two for meth lab

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Jerry D. Wells Jr.
Officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department arrested two individuals Monday evening in connection to a methamphetamine lab.

According to officials, at approximately 4:30 p.m., Monday, residents of Northview Country Estates called the sheriff's department regarding a "strange odor," in the area.

Officials said residents in the area had smelled the odor before, but it was more "isolated" Monday.

Malena Shumaker
According to information provided by the sheriff's department, deputies arrived in the area shortly after the call and also detected a strong chemical odor, which appeared to be coming from a specific lot in the estates.

Deputies said they eventually narrowed it down to Lot 4.

Officials stated after several attempts to get someone to open the door to the mobile home, the occupants eventually exited the residence, when deputies also noticed a "cloud of smoke" coming from the home.

The investigation led deputies to discover more than one methamphetamine lab inside the mobile home.

According to officials, several items were allegedly discovered inside the home, which were consistent with the manufacturing, possession and ingestion of methamphetamine.

Officials then arrested Jerry D. Wells Jr., 34, Terre Haute, and Malena Shumaker, 29, Brazil.

Both were preliminarily charged with Manufacturing/Dealing Methamphetamine (a class B felony) and Possession of Methamphetamine (a class D felony).

Shumaker was also preliminarily charged with Maintaining a Common Nuisance (a class D felony).

As of Tuesday afternoon, both Shumaker and Wells were still incarcerated at the Clay County Justice Center. Shumaker was being held on a $25,000 bond, with no 10 percent allowed, while Wells was being held on a $50,000 bond, also with no 10 percent allowed.

The alleged methamphetamine lab was processed and handled by members of the Indiana State Police Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory Team.

Other agencies responding to the scene included the Brazil Police Department.

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lets see,smelled before but today was more isolated,more than one lab,looks like greed over came their little sense they had left.more than one lab yields more product,that equals more money,greed is what got them busted.

-- Posted by unclegrabby on Tue, Feb 5, 2013, at 6:30 PM

Not sure Greed was the Motive... just look at her face, She is a user and addicted...

-- Posted by TiredofIdiots on Tue, Feb 5, 2013, at 7:05 PM

Agree with Tiredofidiots. Hopefully this happened in time to save her life. What a sad thing.

-- Posted by bowman on Tue, Feb 5, 2013, at 11:52 PM

They always have the same "look" .. gaunt, thin, and sores all over their face.

THANK YOU for busting another meth ring!!

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Feb 6, 2013, at 11:47 AM

Greed wasn't the issue, it was definitely addiction. Sad to day but Malena is my cousin. She got arrested just in time to save her life. I pray God helps her through all of this and sets her free!

-- Posted by cmarie_0503 on Wed, Feb 6, 2013, at 11:48 AM

You know, its not the meth. Everyone talks like meth and meth use is so terrible. Really, the stuff is bad for you, no doubt. If anyone doubts that, just look into these peoples dead eyes and pockmarked faces. But, the meth is a sympton of a bigger problem. The problem is prostituting ones morality for the promise of money and addiction. While I'm a big libertarian and I don't believe you should arrest people for having a drug in their pocket or consuming anything, these people need help. They've either had a difficult time in life or they're pre-disposed to the laziness and moral depravity. What I've never come to the conclusion of is this: do we PUNISH them or REHABILITATE them or a combination thereof? Certainly if these people are stealing and hurting other people, they're breaking common law and deserve punishment. But, if no real harm is done, what do we do, morally and practically? Meth is a bad deal in every way that matters. I've talked to cops about "responsible" drug use. They claim 99% of hemp use is responsible and over 80% of cocaine (all forms) use is responsible and 95% of all alcohol use is responsible. When it comes to meth, they claim its less than 2% use it "responsibly". Being the libertarian that I am, that figure, 2%, keeps me from saying anything like "how dare they tell me what I can [smoke|ingest|inject|absorb]". This stuff needs to be nailed, with speed and viscous intent. The people, though, that do it, how do we handle them? Its just sad to see how they kill themselves. Is this a personal problem? Is this a societal problem? Frankly, sometimes, I wonder if it would not just be better to sneak into their lab and lace their product with something that would just let them pass on without the torture of being in a cage, or the alternative, wasting away using the drug. Meth is a killer. Tell your children.

-- Posted by TheRider on Thu, Feb 7, 2013, at 8:59 AM

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