News and Tribune

October 8, 2013

Three arrested on meth charges in New Albany

Department of Child Services takes children

By JEROD CLAPP
jerod.clapp@newsandtribune.com

NEW ALBANY — The Department of Child Services retrieved two children last week after their parents and another person were arrested on multiple drug violations, including methamphetamine manufacturing.

Teri Lawson, 25, New Albany, and her friend, David Zeimer, 24, Henryville, were arrested on Friday after police found heroin, methamphetamine and a meth lab in their apartment. Lawson’s husband was also arrested, but charges have not been filed against him.

According to a probable cause affidavit, New Albany Police officers arrived at an apartment complex on Cross Creek Boulevard after a child services caseworker called them. She said someone called her about a possible meth lab in Lawson’s apartment. The apartment complex is located within 1,000 feet of the Floyd County 4-H Faigrounds, which was noted in the affidavit.

After letting police in, the officer noticed lithium batteries and a pipe cutter in the bedroom where Zeimer was staying. Lawson gave officers permission to search, where they found three open bottles of drain cleaner, a funnel with white material on it and a clear container with more white residue and pellets inside.

Zeimer told police all the materials were from his previous meth lab, but he was not manufacturing it at the time.

Police also found other drug paraphernalia in the apartment as well as a bag of heroin. Lawson said she and her husband had last used it two days prior.

Using the National Precursor Log Exchange — a database that tracks purchases of over-the-counter purchases of psuedoephedrine, an ingredient in meth — all three were found to have made several recent purchases, but none of them had previous convictions on manufacturing meth.

After her arrest, police searched Lawson and found a bag of meth on her.

Lawson faces five felonies — possession of meth, narcotics and a syringe, maintaining a common nuisance and neglect of a dependent — as well as a misdemeanor of drug paraphernalia possession.

Zeimer was charged with possession of precursors with intent to manufacture a controlled substance — a felony— and visiting a common nuisance.

Lawson and Zeimer have initial court hearings today.