Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

May 15, 2012

Five face multiple drug charges

Brent Brown
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — A recent vehicle stop led to the arrest of five individuals on multiple felony drug charges.

According to charging information filed in the Decatur Superior Court, Carl L. Keihn, 27, George I. Keihn, 46, Nicole M. Watkins, 21, and Cassandra A. Kearney, 24, all of 331 South East Street, and Joseph B. Henderson, 20, of 719 Morris Street, Osgood, were arrested early Friday and charged with committing numerous drug-related crimes.

Court reports indicate Carl Keihn has been charged with Attempted Dealing (Manufacturing) of Methamphetamine (Class B Felony), Possession of Two or More Chemical Reagents or Precursors (Class D Felony), Possession of Anhydrous Ammonia (Class D Felony), Possession of More Than 10 Grams of Ephedrine or Pseudoephedrine (Class D Felony) and Theft, also a Class D Felony.

George Keihn stands accused on a count of Attempted Dealing (Manufacturing) of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine (Class D Felony), Possession of Two or More Chemical Reagents or Precursors and Possession of More Than 10 Grams of Ephedrine or Pseudoephedrine.

Henderson has been charged with Attempted Dealing (Manufacturing) of Methamphetamine, Possession of Two or More Chemical Reagents or Precursors, Possession of Anhydrous Ammonia, Possession of More Than 10 Grams of Ephedrine or Pseudoephedrine and Theft.

Watkins faces a total of eight charges: Attempted Dealing (Manufacturing) of Methamphetamine, Possession of Two or More Chemical Agents or Precursors, Possession of More Than 10 Grams of Ephedrine or Pseudoephedrine, two counts of Possession of a Narcotic Drug (Class D Felony), Possession of a Legend Drug (Class D Felony), Possession of Marijuana (Class A Misdemeanor) and Possession of Paraphernalia (Class A Misdemeanor).

Kearney's charges include Attempted Dealing (Manufacturing) of Methamphetamine, Possession of Two or More Chemical Reagents or Precursors and Possession of More Than 10 Grams of Ephedrine or Pseudoephedrine.

According to a police narrative authored by Decatur County Sheriff's Deputy Tony Blodgett, all five occupied a van on CR 60 East that was stopped by members of the Decatur County Sheriff's Department following a complaint earlier in the evening.

A resident notified law enforcement officials that a dark colored van had stopped in the vicinity of the residents' anhydrous tanks. One of those citizens then elected to follow the van in his vehicle.

Deputies caught up with the van and positively identified it as the vehicle they had been pursuing before initiating a traffic stop.

Deputies approached the van, ordered the occupants to put their hands up, then asked the suspects to step from the vehicle one at a time.

The police report describes George Keihn as the driver. He was also the first exit the van and be searched.

George Keihn, Henderson, Kearney and Watkins each possessed knives.

Watkins' purse is alleged to have contained marijuana in a plastic baggie and three pills. The report identifies the pills as "M. Amphet Salts 20 MG" (a Schedule II Controlled Substance), Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine 30 MG (a Schedule II Controlled Substance) and Pliva 433 50 MG (a Legend Drug).

The purse also contained a black rubber tube and a glass tube, which the report identifies as items commonly used to consume drugs.

The report further alleges that, as Watkins exited the van, she attempted to take an aluminum can with her. The can contained a white paste, which she claimed to be spilled infant formula. Officers questioned this assertion, realizing the substance did not dissolve in the liquid contained in the can. All of these items were secured and later placed into evidence at the Sheriff's Department.

Officers from the Greensburg Police Department (GPD) soon arrived on the scene and assisted DCSD deputies with a search of the vehicle.

Found within the vehicle were a yellow powdery substance, which matched an open bottle of baby formula on the floor of the van and another powder that was white in color with black spots of varying sizes. A clear glass jar without a lid that contained a white residue with black spots was found in the back of the vehicle along with a gray bag.

The bag is alleged to have contained a ceramic food plate, aluminum foil, a mason jar, a plastic soft drink bottle with residue on it, coffee filters, sandwich bags, latex gloves and two packages of lithium batteries.

A can of salt was housed in a cup holder.

Behind the third row seat were a variety of birthday supplies and a pink helium tank.

Outside of the vehicle lay a pipe "normally used for the consumption of marijuana," states the police report.

DCSD members were then advised by Lt. Eric Blodgett to notify the Indiana State Police (ISP) Meth Suppression Unit. Two ISP troopers also arrived on scene to assist with the investigation.

Interviews with each of the suspects were conducted after they were informed of their rights.

Henderson told law enforcement officials he had "just met" all other individuals in the van and that he had been using his cell phone when DCSD deputies conducted the vehicle stop. Henderson indicated that he and Carl Keihn had driven from Osgood to pick up George Keihn, Watkins and Kearney.

Henderson stated the five were driving in the country when someone began chasing them in a truck. He alleged that Watkins told the other occupants she had marijuana with her when deputies stopped the van.

Kearney, a cousin of George and Carl Keihn, told investigators that everyone had been at her mother's house. She allegedly told the officers that the suspects had not been to anyone's private property and that no one was in possession of methamphetamine. She told officers she "didn't know what was going on."

Watkins admitted the marijuana was hers, but stated some of the pills were Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) medication for a relative of George Keihn. She stated she believed the other pills were over-the-counter medication. Watkins is also alleged to have admitted the marijuana pipe found outside the van belonged to her.

Watkins stated she had fallen asleep in the van until deputies pulled the vehicle over, which caused her to spill the infant formula. She told officers the items in the van had been used at a baby's birthday party, but could not explain why the salt found in the vehicle would be at such an event.

George Keihn told officers that Carl called him, asking to be driven to Osgood in order pick up Henderson. He complied, then drove the country roads toward his home. George stated he knew nothing about the pills discovered in Watkins' purse and told officers he had recently used methamphetamine and smokes marijuana "to calm down." George told officers the vehicle made no stops.

Carl Keihn stated George had sent a text message to Carl earlier in the evening asking for a ride and that Carl rode with Henderson to pick up George, Watkins and Kearney. George asked to borrow the van, but the van's owner objected, prompting the five to return to Greensburg. Carl claimed the items strewn throughout the van belonged to Watkins. He maintained that the vehicle made no stops and that no one had exited.

A witness later told officers he saw the van stop and that two occupants had exited and walked through a field to an anhydrous tank belonging to the resident.

Law enforcement officials discovered two sets of footprints leading from the anhydrous tank that were photographed and preserved as evidence. With the assistance of staff of the Decatur County Jail, officers determined the shoe prints of two of the arrested individuals contained the same pattern as the footprints found in the field.

A subsequent interview with Henderson notes an admission that Henderson and Carl Keihn exited the vehicle and collected anhydrous into a plastic soft drink bottle. He stated that everyone in the van was aware that they were attempting to obtain anhydrous in order to complete "a meth cook."

The soft drink bottle alleged to have contained the anhydrous was located in a field by law enforcement officers alongside a coffee grinder. The coffee grinder contained pseudoephedrine.

A jailer discovered a knotted plastic baggie in a wallet belonging to George Keihn during the booking process. A field test determined the substance in the plastic bag to be methamphetamine.

All five suspects are presently in the custody of the Decatur County Jail.

A $30,005 commercial bond has been set for Henderson, Kearney and Watkins. George Keihn has a commercial bond of $50,005, while Carl Keihn is being held without bond.

During a Friday morning conversation with the Daily News, Decatur County Sheriff Greg Allen praised his deputies for their alertness in responding to the matter. He also expressed gratitude to the GPD and the ISP for their assistance.

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056