By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
Five people were arrested Thursday morning and face charges of maintaining a methamphetamine lab, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Police raided the home of Carl Blackshear, 31, and his girlfriend Joann Stewart, 32, in the 1200 block of East 29th Street, Anderson, at 6 a.m. Detectives found several bags of meth and numerous materials made in the production of meth, according to the police report.
Ricky E. White, 43, William A. Washington, 34, and Roy M. Grissom, Jr., 32, all of Anderson, were also at Blackshear’s house and were questioned by detectives, according to the report.
Officers were tipped off to the lab by a large fire in Blackshear’s backyard. When police investigated the house, they immediately smelled a strong odor associated with the production of meth. Blackshear was also known by police to be an alleged meth producer, according to the affidavit. Blackshear has previous charges still open in connection with dealing meth, court records show.
According to the affidavit, Stewart, Washington and Grissom admitted to buying meth from Blackshear on Thursday and on other occasions. They also admitted to helping him produce and sell it on several occasions. Stewart told police Blackshear makes meth almost every day.
Blackshear and Stewart were charged with Class D felony maintaining a common nuisance, Class B felony manufacturing meth and Class D felony possession of meth. Washington and Grissom were also charged with felonies for dealing and manufacturing meth, according to the police report.
Grissom also had outstanding warrants for two charges of burglary.
White denied any knowledge of the house being used as a meth lab and said he had never bought drugs from Blackshear. He was charged with Class B misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance, according to the report.
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