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Text Message Leads to Meth Bust

10/20/2011

A simple text message led to a meth bust in Lawrence County on Wednesday.

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State Police say a retired police officer received a text message asking if he would like to purchase meth or heroin. The officer contacted State Trooper Josh Allen, a member of ISP's Meth Suppression Team, who then set up a meeting with the dealer through the retired officer's cell phone.

Sgt. Curt Durnil says Trooper Allen and other officers went to the residence and found two people cooking meth in the garage. 34-year-old Carlis James Vincent of Mitchell, Indiana was arrested and charged with four felony counts including manufacturing methamphetamines. The other was a 16-year-old who is facing three felony charges including making and possessing meth.

Police also found heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the home. The State Police Clandestine Lab Team disposed of all toxic chemicals.

Child Protective Services were called to the home after police found seven juveniles inside. The children ranged in age from two-years-old to 15-years-old.

Sgt. Durnil says many meth manufacturers will send random anonymous text messages in hopes of getting a sale.

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