Indiana State Police troopers investigating the location of a suspected methamphetamine manufacturing operation, in eastern Greene County, found what they were looking for and a 30-year-old rural Solsberry man is facing serious drug-related charges.
Nathan S. Mills was taken into custody on March 20. When he appeared in Greene Superior Court for an initial hearing on Monday, Judge Dena Martin set his bond at $100,000 surety with ten percent cash allowed. As of Wednesday, he was still incarcerated in the Greene County Jail.
Around 6 p.m. on March 20, ISP Detective Jon L. Patrick and Troopers Josh Allen, Kent Rohlfing and Eric Russell had gone to investigate property located on Overhill Lane, Solsberry.
They reported finding meth lab-related items in a burn pile in between two residences on the property. Mills occupied one residence and his brother occupied the other.
They first spoke to the brother. He answered the door, agreed to cooperate and let the officers enter and search the residence.
Then they went to the Mills residence and said they could smell the strong odor of an organic solvent coming from the trailer and they saw other empty items near the front door that were consistent with items found at meth labs.
They knocked on the door several times. They heard movement but there was no answer. They knocked some more. The brother knocked and yelled, and tried to open the door but it was locked. They knocked again, identified themselves as state police, then made forced entry.
Mills was sitting on the couch with a woman, Myca Sanders. Both were escorted out and the trailer was ventilated due to prominent odors of an organic solvent and ammonia gas.
A probable cause affidavit prepared by Det. Patrick contains a long list of chemicals/precursors and lab-related equipment reportedly found in the trailer.
When interviewed, Mills allegedly said he was an Oxycontin user and that’s why the officers found so many syringes, that he hadn’t been in the trailer much, but he believed someone had been using it to manufacture meth.
Mills and Sanders were transported to the county jail.
Sanders, a 29-year-old Bloomington woman, was charged in Greene Superior Court with visiting a common nuisance, a class B misdemeanor. She was released from jail on March 22 after posting $50 cash, ten percent of a $500 bond.
Mills has been charged with: Dealing methamphetamine – manufacturing, a class B felony; possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a class D felony; and possession of anhydrous ammonia or ammonia solution with the intent to manufacture a drug, a class D felony.
Det. Patrick specializes in drug investigations and has been involved in hundreds of meth lab investigations. A trooper for 21 years, for the last 14 years he’s focused on methamphetamine and clandestine laboratories.
Anyone with information about methamphetamine can anonymously contact the Bloomington State Police Meth Task Force at (812) 332-4411. Tips can be in reference to suspected methamphetamine dealing, manufacture or use. Tips can also be about strange odors; often methamphetamine laboratories can give off odors compared to starting fluid, ammonia or camp fuel. Tips often help fuel investigations that lead to the removal of dangerous clandestine labs.