By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin
ELWOOD, Ind. —
Three people are in Madison County Jail after police found methamphetamine-making chemicals in a truck during a traffic stop and in a storage locker of one of the suspects.
Khelladawn Oliver, 31; Corey Troutman, 31; and David B. Simmons, 53, all of Elwood, face felony charges of manufacturing meth after police discovered pseudoephedrine, solvents, ammonium and sulfuric acid behind the passenger seat of a truck Oliver was driving Wednesday night. Troutman and Simmons, both of whom have extensive criminal backgrounds and were known to Drug Task Force officers as meth-cookers, were in the backseat of the truck, according to a probable cause affidavit of the incident.
According to the report, DTF officers had been tipped off on Tuesday that Simmons was keeping chemical precursors in a storage locker near 27th and J streets. Elwood police pulled over the truck for a traffic infraction in the 2400 block of South J Street and DTF officers and K9 unit Pseudo found the chemicals in the truck.
Simmons agreed to allow detectives to search the storage locker, where they found a plastic bottle with meth sludge, solvent and stripped batteries, all signs of meth production. Simmons had told police they would only find a gallon of fuel in the locker.
In interviews after the incident, according to the affidavit, Simmons admitted to police the chemicals were his and that he’s made meth before. Oliver denied any involvement in meth production, but Troutman told officers he and Oliver had bought pseudoephedrine for Simmons in the past in exchange for the finished product. Pseudoephedrine is the key ingredient in meth cooking.
The three suspects were charged with manufacturing meth with a $20,000 bond, according to arrest logs.
According to public record, Simmons is scheduled to go on trial April 23 for a previous charge of possession of meth in 2011. Simmons was also charged with violation of parole. Troutman pleaded guilty to a charge of battery in 2010, and has violated probation three times since. He also has previous convictions of residential entry, reckless driving, resisting law enforcement and receiving stolen property.
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