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July 19, 2013

Westport man faces meth charges

WESTPORT – A Westport man is facing three felony charges related to the manufacture, possession and dealing of methamphetamine.

According to court documents, Jeffery A. Smith, 35, has been charged with dealing in methamphetamine (Class B Felony); possession of two or more chemical reagents or precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine (Class C Felony); and possession of methamphetamine (Class C Felony). Smith also faces a misdemeanor charge for the unlawful storage of anhydrous ammonia (Class A Misdemeanor).

Additionally, because Smith has previous convictions for marijuana possession (in 2000 and 2009), he also faces a habitual substance offender sentence enhancement.

According to a report filed in Decatur County Superior Court, Smith’s troubles began Tuesday afternoon with a visit by Decatur County Child Protective Services (CPS) to his home at 2465 W. County Road S. The visit had arisen from a complaint “of drug use and manufacturing in the home.”

Indiana State Troopers accompanied CPS personnel on the inspection. During the CPS evaluation, the lead trooper asked Smith for permission to inspect the rear of the residence for evidence of meth manufacture. Smith allegedly obliged, leading troopers to the rear of his home, where troopers allegedly found a tank that tested positive for anhydrous ammonia.

Smith was placed under arrest and, through a pat down of the suspect, officers found a “cut straw” in one of his pockets, which, the report states, are commonly used to snort illegal substances. Evidence found through the initial search was sufficient for police to obtain a search warrant and conduct a full search of the premises.

During that search, officers found finished methamphetamine and an array of chemicals and items used in the manufacture of the illegal substance. Field tests conducted of those suspicious items indicated the presence of pseudoephedrine, a precursor used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Officers also located additional an additional, seven-gallon tank of anhydrous ammonia.

Additionally, officers also confiscated six firearms during the course of their search of the home, including a 9mm handgun, four rifles and a 12-gauge shotgun. No weapons charges were filed.

Smith bonded out of the Decatur County Jail Thursday afternoon by posting $5,005 of a $50,000 bond.

Contact: Rob Cox 812-663-3111 x7011

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