A rural Bloomfield man and woman, suspected of operating a clandestine meth lab in their home, were arrested Tuesday at their residence by the Indiana State Police.
William Dale Rollins, 57, and Amanda Dee Rieman, 30, were taken into custody and both booked into the Greene County Jail on numerous preliminary drug-related charges.
After officers conducted a search of the couple’s residence, Indiana State Police Trooper Kent Rohlfing, currently assigned to the ISP Methamphetamine Suppression Section, said that based on his experience, methamphetamine had been manufactured at the residence for a period of time. He reported finding 15 old one-pot reaction vessels outside the home on the property, as well as current items found inside the home.
Amanda Dee Rieman
William Dale Rollins
Trooper Rohlfing is certified by the DEA (Drug Enforcement agency) in the processing and cleanup of clandestine methamphetamine laboratories — he has participated in over 200 methamphetamine investigations.
Master Trooper Jon Patrick, Trooper Joshua Allen (also certified by the DEA and trained in clandestine methamphetamine operations) and Trooper Rohlfing arrived at the couple’s residence located at 4500 S. State Road 45 on Tuesday to locate Rieman who was wanted on a warrant issued in Monroe County for failure to appear in court in a felony theft case. They also wanted to inquire about numerous purchases of pseudoephedrine the two have made in previous months.
Rieman has allegedly made 18 pseudoephedrine purchases in 2013 and Rollins had made 21. They have allegedly attempted to make other purchases that were blocked.
Nobody was home when the troopers arrived, but then Rollins drove up, and Rieman arrived later.
Rollins confirmed that Rieman lived at the residence, with her three children, and he allegedly told the troopers he used the pseudoephedrine for his C.O.P.D. A trooper asked him for consent to search the residence but Rollins denied the request.
Rollins was asked if he had anything in his pockets and he allegedly pulled out a small handgun from a rear pocket, admitting that he did not have a handgun permit. There was a loaded magazine in the gun. He was taken into custody initially for possession of a handgun without a permit. Then he was found with items in his pockets that tested positive for methamphetamine.
ISP Troopers Tyler Dawley and Eric Russell then arrived to assist on the scene, and Rieman was arrested on the warrant. She was also found with items, that had white residue, in her car and in her purse.
Trooper Rohlfing obtained a search warrant for the residence.
When the search was executed, the troopers reported finding a long list of items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine – located in a bathroom, a bedroom, and in the backyard.
The Greene County Prosecutor’s Office filed criminal cases against both Rollins and Rieman on Wednesday.
When Rollins appears in Greene Superior Court for an initial hearing, he will be charged with the manufacture of methamphetamine — a class B felony, possession of methamphetamine by a defendant possessing a firearm — a class C felony, possession of two or more chemical reagents/precursors with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance — a class D felony, and maintaining a common nuisance — a class D felony.
Rieman will be charged with the manufacture of methamphetamine — a class B felony, possession of methamphetamine — a class D felony, possession of two or more chemical reagents/precursors with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance — a class D felony, maintaining a common nuisance — a class D felony, and neglect of a dependent – dependent put in a situation endangering their life or health — a class D felony.
The two are being held without bond pending their court appearances.