The Herald Bulletin

May 8, 2013

Husband and wife arrested, face meth charges

By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — The Madison County Drug Task Force arrested a couple on suspicion of making methamphetamine in their home.

Joni Gates, 59 and her husband Thomas J. Gates, 51, admitted they cook meth regularly and use it every morning in their home in the 100 block of Susie Lane in Hollywood Estates.

According to a probable cause affidavit of the incident, police received a phone tip about the Gates’ meth use and confirmed they had both been regularly purchasing pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in meth making.

Officers investigated the home and found solvent, sulfuric acid, stripped batteries and meth, along with a closet full of chemicals used to make meth in the Gates’ bedroom.

During a police interview, both suspects admitted they use the meth. Thomas Gates said he puts it in his coffee because the smoke makes him sick. Both face felony charges of possession of and manufacturing meth.

The Madison County Drug Task Force wants help from the public to bring down meth labs. Tips can be made anonymously. Signs to look for meth manufacturing are a strong ammonia or solvent smell like an auto body shop. Look for airline-type rubber tubing, ether or camp fuel cans, plastic bottles, pseudoephedrine packages, lithium battery casings and propane tanks with a blue or green discoloration around the valve. The chemicals are highly explosive and fumes are toxic to breathe and will damage internal organs.

If you have any information, call DTF’s direct line at 648-6796. DTF also offers group classes for drug education.

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