A multi-agency investigation that took place late last week has lead to the seizure of over 30 thousand dollars of methamphetamine and the arrest of 3 Dubois County residents on numerous felony charges.
Indiana State Police say the incident took place last Thursday along Interstate 64 in Perry County near the 74.5 mile marker, when an ISP Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a black, 2007, Chevrolet Equinox for speeding in the posted construction zone.
Police say 27-year old Jakob Batchelor of Jasper was the driver of the SUV. Two passengers in the vehicle were identified as 62-year old Barbara Kelly Huntingburg and 32-year old Jeremy Siddons of Jasper.
During the course of the traffic stop and investigation, officers became suspicious of potential drug activity prompting troopers to request the assistance of a K-9 officer.
A Georgetown Police Officer and his K-9 Partner happened to be in the area at the time of ISP’s request.
A sergeant with the ISP made contact with Georgetown Police who quickly ordered their K-9 Officer to respond to the scene. The Georgetown K-9 conducted a free air sniff of Batchelor’s vehicle and gave a positive alert indicating the presence of illegal narcotics.
Officers searched Batchelor’s vehicle after the K-9 alert and located nearly 316 grams of methamphetamine, numerous drug paraphernalia items and an undisclosed amount of US Currency.
Kelly, Batchelor and Siddons were all arrested without incident.
Kelly was charged with:
A Level 2 Felony count of Dealing In Meth At Least 10 Grams,
A Level; 5 Felony count of Conspiracy to Deal Meth,
A Level 3 Felony count of Possession of Meth at Least 10 Grams with Enhancement,
And misdemeanor counts of Visiting a Common Nuisance and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Batchelor was charged with:
A Level 5 Felony count of Conspiracy to Deal Meth,
Level 6 Felony count of Maintaining a Common Nuisance,
And a misdemeanor count of Possession of Paraphernalia
Meanwhile, Siddons is facing misdemeanor counts of Visiting a Common Nuisance and Possession of Paraphernalia.
All three were taken to and booked into the Perry County Jail. Law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation include: The Indiana State Police, the Washington City Police Department, the Perry County Sheriffs Department, the Jasper City Police Department, the Tell City Police Department and the Georgetown Police Department.