25 Charged In Two-State Meth Investigation
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A long investigation crossing the Indiana-Ohio state line resulted in more than two dozen people being charged with conspiracy to deal methamphetamine.
The filing of charges against 25 people Monday and the ensuing arrest of 18 of those suspects is the culmination of a lengthy investigation by the Dearborn-Ohio County Special Crimes Unit.
According to a news release from the Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor’s Office, information was received from the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department in early January concerning several individuals who we alleged to be involved in manufacturing methamphetamine in the area.
Detectives with the Special Crimes Unit, Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department, Rising Sun Police Department, and Indiana State Police began an investigation which led to the identification of more suspects. They also learned that a large network of individuals was working together to obtain pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in cooking meth. The ring leaders, the prosecutor’s office says, were in Ohio County.
Those leaders were connected to a drug operation in Butler County, Ohio. Last Wednesday, February 12, the crimes unit accompanied the Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics Team in carrying out a search warrant at a home on Morning Sun Road in Oxford, Ohio. There, investigators found a large methamphetamine manufacturing operation. Several more suspects were arrested. According to the news release, information obtained as a result of that search warrant connected local suspects to the operation in Butler County.
Special Crimes Unit Chief of Investigations Tom McKay said the investigation was complicated and time consuming.
“Detectives spent numerous hours observing locations and individuals in freezing conditions and at all hours of the day and night to accumulate the information necessary to complete the investigation and see that those involved in the conspiracy to produce this poison were arrested. They should all be commended for their dedication to protect the citizens of our area,” he said.
McKay credited Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones and his office’s BURN Team with helping bring the investigation to a successful close. Aurora, Lawrenceburg, Switzerland County also assisted with the arrest round-up.
The 25 people charged in Indiana with Conspiracy to Commit Dealing (Manufacturing in methamphetamine (Class A felony) include:
Sam J. Spicer, 43
Lisa Fay Ellis, 34, of Rising Sun
Steven Rae Turner, 20, of Patriot
Kenneth J. Clifton, 35, of Aurora
Mary E. Stephenson, 39, of Aurora
Perry B. Harding, 41, of Rising Sun
Andrew T. Hummel, 26, of Aurora
Dionne J. House, 28, of Aurora
Dustin W, House, 28
Thierrin D. Bowling, 25
Jeremy M. Couch, 34, of Aurora
Jeffery Couch, 39
Crystal Flores, 35, of Aurora
Lee Clark, 48, of Aurora
Whitney VanSickle, 25
Jaydn Groover, 18, of Patriot
Krissie Hill, 33, of Aurora
Calvin W. Thomas, 42, of Vevay
Angela Tharp, 36
Delmer J. Walker, 23
Rebecca J. Quinn, 27, of Lawrenceburg
Terry L. Woodruff, 37
Mark R. Wolker, 50, of Lawrenceburg
Terri L. Deaton, 27
Vernis A. Newton, 29