Pot, Meth, Other Oddities Found During Drug Bust
By Mike Perleberg
(Jennings County, Ind.) – Ginseng roots, untaxed liquor, and a coyote puppy were all confiscated in a unique drug bust in Jennings County.
Indiana Conservation Officers and Indiana State Police arrested Daniel D. Craig, 67, and Jacob Smith, 32, both of Dupont on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
State police conducted a traffic stop on Daniel on South County Road 380 East in Dupont. Officers say they found three pounds of green ginseng, methamphetamine, and untaxed liquor was found in the vehicle.
Daniel gave police consent to search his residence as well. There conservation officers, troopers and Indiana Excise Police allegedly discovered drug paraphernalia and marijuana plants. They also found information concerning Jacob.
Jacob gave consent to search his home on Thursday. A coyote pup and a whisky still were located. After getting a search warrant, conservation officers found ginseng in the home. They also found stolen property, meth, drug paraphernalia, marijuana plants, and more untaxed liquor.
Authorities say the investigation is ongoing.
Craig has been charged with Possession of Ginseng out of Season (class B misdemeanor), Theft of Ginseng (level 6 felony), Transporting Untaxed Liquor (level 6 felony), Possession of Methamphetamine (level 6 felony), Possession of Paraphernalia (class A misdemeanor), Trespassing (class A misdemeanor), and Cultivating Marijuana (class A misdemeanor).
Smith is jailed on charges of Possession of Ginseng out of Season (class B misdemeanor), Possession of a Wild Animal Without a Permit (class C misdemeanor), Possession of Methamphetamine (level 6 felony), Possession of Paraphernalia (class A misdemeanor), Cultivating Marijuana (class A misdemeanor), Possession of Stolen Property (level 6 felony), Unlicensed Still Equipment (class C misdemeanor), and Possession of Untaxed Liquor (class C misdemeanor).
Indiana Conservation Officers say ginseng may be lawfully harvested in Indiana starting on September 1 of each year through December 31. Ginseng must be sold prior to the beginning of the following year.
Indiana Conservation Officers encourage citizens to contact 1-800-TIP-IDNR or ICO Central Dispatch at 812-873-9536 to report any ginseng violations.