An anonymous tip received Thursday led troopers to a meth lab and the arrest of two Perry County men.

Troopers with the Indiana State Police received an anonymous tip that two men were manufacturing methamphetamine along the river bank near the boat ramp parking lot in Troy. Troopers and members of the Perry County Sheriff’s Department and the Tell City Police Department entered the wooded area and began to search for the location of the meth lab and suspects.


While searching, officers observed 26-year-old Joshua W. Robbins of Tell City kneeling down and working with something on the ground. As officers announced their presence and identity, Robbins began throwing items into the Ohio River and officers observed him throw the reaction vessel used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine into the water. When the vessel hit the water, it caught on fire and began emitting strong chemical fumes.

Shortly thereafter, Robbins complied with the officers’ instructions and was placed into custody without incident.

Officers found two hydrogen chloride (HCl) generators, a “one-pot” meth lab, sulfuric acid, lithium, and salt at the scene with Robbins, all of which are chemicals and precursors used to manufacture methamphetamine.

The second male, Gordon Poehlein, 45, Tell City, who was seen by officers but had left the area before he could be taken into custody, was later located at his Tell City residence. He was wearing the same clothing at the time of his arrest as when he was visually identified by officers earlier in the evening.user33681-1454087194-media3

Officers later learned that Poehlein had purchased pseudoephedrine earlier in the day to be used in the meth lab. Poehlein was jailed without incident.

Robbins was charged with a Level 5 felony count manufacturing methamphetamine, Level 6 felony counts of dumping controlled substance waste, possession of precursors, maintaining a common nuisance, and obstruction of justice.

Poehlein was charged with Level 5 felony count of manufacturing methamphetamine, Level 6 felony counts of possession of precursors and maintaining a common nuisance.

The Indiana State Police and Perry County law enforcement encourage citizens to continue to be proactive with their assistance against drug activity. Those with information are asked to continue to help their communities by calling the Indiana State Police at 1-812-482-1441 or your local law enforcement agency with tips and information. Callers can remain anonymous.

The Perry County Sheriff’s Department, Tell City Police Department and Perry County Rescue assisted with the investigation.



  1. KC says:

    The river is not a trash receptacle for toxic waste! 🙁