The Herald Bulletin

June 11, 2014

Two arrested on meth manufacturing charges

By Zach Osowski
The Herald Bulletin

---- — ANDERSON — Two Anderson residents were arrested Tuesday afternoon after members of the Anderson Police Department and the Madison County Drug Task Force discovered ingredients commonly used with manufacturing methamphetamine in a home.

Jerry Conn, 63, and Michelle Copeland, 32, were arrested and charged with four felonies each, including a Class B felony of manufacturing meth.

According to a probable cause affidavit, authorities were tipped off by a call received by the Department of Child Services. The caller claimed meth was being manufactured in a home in the 2100 block of Drexel Drive.

Police discovered Conn in the front yard, and DCS representatives spoke with Copeland inside the home. Authorities advised Copeland of the allegations made against her and asked if they could look in the basement. Copeland agreed to the search, according to police reports.

In the basement, authorities found stripped lithium batteries and sulfuric acid, which are two ingredients commonly used in making meth.

Police asked to search the grounds behind the house, which Conn allowed. Detectives found a bag containing an HCI generator, a pot and several other items typically used in manufacturing meth. The bag was hidden inside a grill in the backyard.

Conn and Copeland were placed under arrest. Both were held on an $80,000 bond.

Although the DCS was called, no children were present in the house at the time of the arrest. After the arrests, police obtained a search warrant from Judge Dennis Carroll to search the entire house, where more items were found.

Both were officially charged with manufacturing meth, a Class B felony, possession or sale or chemical reagents or precursors, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of methamphetamine, all Class D felonies.

Copeland has been in trouble with the law before. She was arrested for theft and possession of paraphernalia in 2004 but found not guilty of both counts in a jury trial. She was also charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud in 2002, to which she pleaded guilty.

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