Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

October 9, 2013

Sheriff's Department shuts down alleged Millhousen meth lab

By Brent Brown Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — MILLHOUSEN – A tip from concerned citizens led to the arrest of three individuals Sunday at a Millhousen residence authorities say housed an active methamphetamine laboratory.

According to an affidavit of probable cause and charging information filed Tuesday in the Decatur Superior Court, Kevin J. Kilgore, 22, Kyle J. Waggoner, 24, and Cassandra C. Hellmich, 21, all face charges of dealing (manufacture) of methamphetamine, a class “A” felony.

Waggoner and Hellmich share additional charges of possession of a narcotic drug (class “B” felony) and possession of a controlled substance, a class “C” felony.

Kilgore, in addition to the manufacturing methamphetamine charge, faces a single count of possession of methamphetamine, a class “B” felony. His two prior substance abuse-related convictions have led prosecutors to add a habitual substance offender sentence enhancement to his charges.

According to court documents, Kilgore was arrested and later convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated in 2010, and he was convicted of possession of marijuana last year. Both were misdemeanor charges.

Sunday’s arrests stemmed from a phone call from concerned Decatur County citizens who informed Sheriff Greg Allen that they believed the suspects were actively involved in the production and use of methamphetamine in their rented home located at 8456 South County Road 240 East. The information led sheriff’s deputies to seek a search warrant which was authorized by Judge Matthew Bailey Sunday.

Deputies executed the search warrant shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday at the residence, which is located within 1,000 feet of Millhousen Park, with the assistance of the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Team. During the search, investigators found numerous items associated with the manufacture and use of methamphetamine.

According to a police report summarizing the case, law enforcement officials discovered multiple syringes, methadone, heroin and a plethora of other items indicating drug use. A field test conducted on coffee filters at the residence tested positive for methamphetamine. The State Police Meth Suppression Team disassembled the methamphetamine lab which was located in the home’s garage.

After their arrest, Waggoner and Hellmich spoke with sheriff’s deputies and told them Kilgore had been staying at the home they shared for approximately a week. Hellmich told investigators Kilgore had brought methamphetamine materials into their home, and that she had asked Waggoner to tell Kilgore to remove all of those materials from their residence.

Waggoner told police he had complied with Hellmich’s request and had asked Kilgore to remove the methamphetamine materials from their house. Waggoner told investigators he believed the guest had complied with those wishes.

Waggoner also claimed he and Hellmich picked up Kilgore Saturday night and that Kilgore had placed a bag containing a small methamphetamine laboratory in the trunk of their vehicle.

Kilgore declined to speak with investigators and requested an attorney, according to a police report.

Sheriff Allen complimented his deputies on their work in shutting down the alleged methamphetamine laboratory during a conversation with the Daily News Monday. The sheriff urged county residents to be aware and notify authorities of suspicious activity when it is discovered.

All three suspects remained incarcerated in the Decatur County Jail at press time Tuesday. A commercial bond in the amount of $50,000 had been set for each following court appearances Tuesday morning.

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056