The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Cops, courts and fires

April 19, 2013

Three arrested, child found in meth lab bust

ANDERSON, Ind. — State police arrested three people suspected of maintaining a meth lab during a probationary visit Thursday afternoon.

Timothy Woolum, 54, of Anderson was the man on probation and he has been charged with four meth-related felonies. The arrest was made in his home in the 2600 block of Morton Street, according to a press release from ISP Pendleton Post spokesman John Bowling.

Two women, Tanisha Smith, 22, and Melinda Simms-Byers, 23, both of Anderson, face charges of visiting a common nuisance. Smith is also charged with neglect of a dependent. A 4-year-old child was found in the home and turned over to children’s services.

Sgt. Nate Rainey of the ISP Pendleton Post Meth Team said the arrests were part of a three-month investigation which has led to five different meth lab operations, 12 Anderson arrests and 42 charges. He said another meth lab was dismantled at the home on March 10. Woolum is apparently a deeply involved member of the meth ring, and Smith and Simms-Byers were two of his associates.

“We feel all of these cases are linked, and we’re trying to track them all down. Whether it’s manufacturing, possessing, buying. It really doesn’t make a difference to me,” Rainey said.

The arrest was made within 1,000 feet of a school, St. Ambrose Church and school, which aggravates the manufacturing meth charge for Woolum. Rainey said he believes the child was Smith’s. He said the conditions in the home were severe, but he’s seen a lot worse.

Woolum has a history of dealing drugs, according to public records. He pleaded guilty to charges of dealing cocaine and controlled substances and possession of marijuana in 2006. He was sentenced to 16 years, which can be reduced to eight years with good behavior. He was on probation when he was arrested Thursday.

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