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(TELL CITY)- A methamphetamine lab was removed from the trunk of a car after officers followed up on two suspicious Spencer County men.

While inside the CVS Pharmacy in Tell City an officer with the Tell City Police Department noticed a man acting suspicious.

the Tell City officer contacted a trooper with the Indiana State Police and informed him that the man had been driving a white Chevrolet Cavalier.

The Trooper drove through the parking lot and located the vehicle, but did not get a computer return on the car’s registration until after it had left the parking lot.

Mugshot: 37-year old Jason Tuley (photo courtesy of: ISP-Jasper District 34)

The trooper continued to check info and found that the possible identity of the male was 37-year old Jason Tuley of Dale.

Tuley was actively wanted through Spencer County.

The Tell City officer confirmed with the trooper after seeing a picture of Tuley and that he was the male he observed in the pharmacy.

A short time later, the trooper saw the Chevrolet pull into the parking lot of a WalMart store located along State Road 66 in Tell City.

Mugshot: 19-year old Shawn Payne (photo courtesy of: ISP-Jasper District 34)


He witnessed the car pull up to the front of the store where 19- year old Shawn Payne of Evanston got into the vehicle. Police say the Chevy pulled onto State Road 66, when another Tell City officer initiated the traffic stop.

Officers learned that both Tuley and Payne were wanted on warrants through Spencer County.

As they were checking the car, they opened the trunk and immediately smelled a strong chemical odor.


(photo courtesy of: ISP-Jasper District 34)
(photo courtesy of: ISP-Jasper District 34)

After observing numerous items consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine, the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Suppression Section was contacted to dismantle and dispose of the meth lab.

During a search of the vehicle, officers found smoking pipes, hypodermic needles, synthetic marijuana, pills that were identified as legend drugs, and burnt aluminum foil that field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Both Tuley and Payne were arrested without incident and lodged in the Perry County Jail.

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