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Taken into custody at the Jennings County Jail for trafficking and possession of a legend drug, Class D Felony, was Matthew W. Davis 26 of North Vernon. Davis was taken into custody as he appeared to serve a court ordered weekend at the jail. Davis had been reported as delivering illegal drugs into the jail facility when he arrived to serve the weekend. Davis had reportedly obtained the drugs from the Geneva home and was in the process of delivering it to another inmate in our facility when stopped by officers when he turned himself in.
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Officers had secured a search warrant for him that was served when he reported to the jail. Officers later recovered illegal drugs from him. Once Davis was in custody the two teams that were waiting were given the go ahead to check the home in Geneva and the one in Columbus at the same time to avoid any phone calls to the homes by those involved. Our officers contacted Bartholomew County Sheriff Officers and the Columbus Police Department to assist us as we checked the home on 13th st.
Taken into custody at the home was Tim W. Stephenson 46, of Columbus and Don Butler 56, also of Columbus. They were taken into custody for possession of methamphetamine. Investigators also recovered and seized $6,300 in cash. Det. Sgt. Jim Blevins and Jennings County Probation Officer Travis Shepherd were on the scene in Columbus.
Officers at the Geneva Twp. Search warrant reported that there was only one person home when the search warrant was executed. Taken into custody at that time was Erin J. Boldery 23, of Honeylocust Place CSL, N. Vernon. Boldery was charged with visiting a common nuisance and transported to the Jennings County Jail.
Officers at the Geneva Twp. Home discovered a hidden room measuring 4ft by 12ft at the end of the one car garage. Officers entered into the room and discovered a large methamphetamine manufacturing operation that was stocked with numerous items used in the manufacture of this illegal drug. The lab contained Meth. in the process of being manufactured. This lab was equipped with two ventilation units and a hood that captured and vented the odors from the lab out thru a vent in the roof of the home.
Records and items seized showed that this particular lab had been in operation for some time and had produced a large amount of Methamphetamine that had been delivered into our community. Officers also discovered that the home and lab were equipped with scanners that are used to monitor police activity along with a video security system with the monitor inside the lab area.
Numerous items of paraphernalia as well as many syringes were found in the home. Several guns were also seized from the home. Officers were at the home most of the night as Trooper Marty Mead of the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Unit along with our officers dismantled and processed the lab. Also recovered in the lab was over 900 Phusedephedrine pills and approx. 9 grams of Finished Methamphetamine.