Three Boonville residents were arrested last Thursday for manufacturing methamphetamine and other drug-related charges.
According to the Warrick County Sheriff’s Office, police responded to a strong odor of anhydrous ammonia on Ashby Road at about 8:40 p.m. An Indiana State Trooper assisted the deputies, who reportedly found several items used in making meth at the residence of Joshua Grimes, 36, at 6811 Ashby Road.
During the execution of a search warrant for the property, police say they discovered and seized methamphetamine in various stages of production, marijuana, paraphernalia and several items used to manufacture meth.
Grimes was charged with six felonies: dealing or manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of reagents/precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, and possession of stolen property (street signs); and two misdemeanors: possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia. A preliminary bond was set at $10,000.
Candida K. Tremper, 37, of 1723 Tomahawk Drive in Boonville was charged with three felonies: dealing or manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of reagents/precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, and possession of methamphetamine; and two misdemeanors: visiting a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia. Tremper’s Bond is also set at $10,000.00
Leejay Cates, 37, of 421 Pine Street in Boonville faces four felony charges: dealing or manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of reagents/precursors, possession of methamphetamine, and maintaining a common nuisance; and a misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia. His bond was also set at $10,000.00.
A preliminary bond was set for $10,000 each. The charges are preliminary until they are proven guilty in a court of law.
“Once again, police were acting on a tip from a concerned citizen and were able to shut down an active illegal methamphetamine lab,” said Sheriff Brett Kruse in a press release. “The Warrick County Sheriff’s Office is proud of the working relationship that we have with our citizens and would like to continue to serve the public by fighting drug and other crimes that pose a threat to our community.”
If you suspect illegal activity, you can anonymously report the activity to the sheriff’s office via the Web site, warrickcountysheriff.com, or by telephoning 897-6180.
Children taken by Child Protective
Services following drug bust
Two children were taken into Child Protective Services’ custody after their father and a woman were arrested on drug-related charges by Warrick County deputies last Wednesday.
According to the Warrick County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and a Boonville City Police detective served a search warrant at 8444 Countrywood Court in southern Warrick County after receiving information that there was a methamphetamine lab and possible stolen property on the premises. It is the home of James Frederick Divine, 32, and his two young daughters.
When officers entered the residence, they said Divine’s 3- and 5-year-old daughters were found unattended in the living room watching television while Divine and 30-year-old Brittany Redfield of Evansville were in the bedroom. Remnants of a meth lab, methamphetamine, a weigh scales, several weapons and three containers of Coleman Camp fuel were discovered, according to police.
Both Divine and Redfield were arrested and preliminarily charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine), manufacturing methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, and possession of paraphernalia. Divine was also charged with neglect of a dependent child.
Warrick County Child Protective Services took custody of both minor children, who were scheduled to be checked out by medical professionals to ensure their health. Police said the concern for children found in this type of environment is their potential exposure to toxic chemicals or illegal drugs.
Both Divine and Redfield were taken to the Warrick County Jail pending bond.