EVANSVILLE – Authorities believe that two out-of-state residents arrested after a traffic stop on U.S. 41 late Thursday night were transporting pseudoephedrine to help supply a local drug operation.methmug_1432929170530_18982497_ver1_0_640_480

Police identified the two people arrested as Shanta L. Morris, 36, and Erie E. Lawrence, 32. According to arrest affidavits, Morris was driving on U.S. 41 when the stop was made about 11 p.m. Vanderburgh County jail records list Morris as a Richmond, Virginia, resident; Lawrence is from Nashville Tennessee. They are preliminarily charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Both are being held initially without bond, jail records indicate.

Investigators wrote that authorities found 49 boxes of pseudoephedrine-based medicine in the vehicle. The total weight of the pseudoephedrine that was seized was almost 100 grams, according to the affidavits.

Police are still searching for two Evansville men they believe are connected to the case.

A felony warrant was issued on Friday for Richard Deontae Dultin, 29. Investigators believe Dulin was a “substantial supplier” of narcotics being brought to the Evansville area, supplying methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, prescription medication and marijuana to both lower level dealers and users, according to a release from the Evansville Police Department. A felony warrant was also issued for Charles Michael Thomas, 24. Both are accused of dealing meth, conspiracy to deal meth and conspiracy to deal cocaine or a narcotic drug.

Agencies involved in the investigation include the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Drug Task Force, Indiana State Police, Evansville Police Department, Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s office, Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s office, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF),and the U.S. Marshalls Service.


  1. Carl Scruggs says:

    Let them people go. How can you lock them up for having to much of what the government sale. Get the heck outta here.