Altercation Call Leads To Alleged Meth Lab Discovery

Posted On November 20, 2013

By Mike Perleberg



(left to right) Andrew Sykes, Marci Thimmig, and Jeffrey Stamler

Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center

(West Harrison, Ind.) – Three people are in jail in connection with an alleged meth lab operation at a home in West Harrison.


On November 13, two Dearborn County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 3732 North Dearborn Road in reference to a verbal altercation about drugs located in the home, according to a Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor’s Office news release.


“The investigation in this case resulted in the arrest and charges of persons who were manufacturing methamphetamine in a heavily populated area of the county,” said Prosecutor Aaron Negangard.


When deputies arrived, multiple subjects fled the scene. The deputies allegedly saw drug paraphernalia in plain view, which led detectives with the Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit to obtain a search warrant. A search of the home turned up items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, the release stated.


The Indiana State Methamphetamine Suppression Team were called to assist in the search and process the scene.


The home’s two residents – Andrew Sykes, 37, and Marci Thimmig, 34 – were each arrested on charges of Dealing in Methamphetamine (Class B felony), Conspiracy to Commit Dealing in Methamphetamine (Class B felony), and Maintaining a Common Nuisance (Class D felony).


A third subject – Jeffrey Stamler – has been charged with Conspiracy to Commit Dealing in Methamphetamine (Class B felony) and Neglect of a Dependant (Class C felony).


During their initial appearances in Dearborn Circuit Court, Judge James Humphrey set each of the three suspects’ bonds at $500,000 surety and $2,500 cash.


More arrests will be coming in connection with the alleged meth lab, Negangard said.


The prosecutor credited the officers and detectives who worked the case.


“The excellent police work by Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department Detectives (Carl) Pieczonka and (Shane) McHenry and Deputies (Adam) Ziegler and (Garrett) Rollins resulted in eliminating this clear and present danger from the community,” he said.