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October 22, 2013

Home search in Clarksville reveals meth labs

Occupant arrested, faces multiple felony charges

CLARKSVILLE — A Clarksville woman faces multiple felony charges after officers searched her home and found several one-pot methamphetamine labs in her basement.

Tina M. Whelan, 38, Accurisia Avenue, is currently being held without bond in the Michael E. Becher Adult Correctional Complex. She faces charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine, both class A felonies; maintaining a common nuisance, possession  of precursors used for methamphetamine manufacture, possession of a controlled substance and violation of the Legend Drug Act, all class D felonies; and possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, both class A misdemeanors.

The arresting Clarksville Police Department officers responded to the home Monday afternoon after being told by a detective on the force that the home was possibly related to methamphetamine activity. When they arrived, Whelan answered the door and allowed the officers inside. She consented to a search of the home, which she rents.

In the basement of the home, one of the officers found a box of “cold packs” and a “small baggie of a white, powdery substance which Whelan identified as a cut [she and her boyfriend] used to manufacture the methamphetamine.”

Also found was a glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine, which Whelan said belonged to her boyfriend, who was not present when the police searched her home. Whelan initially identified her boyfriend as “Ben Scags,” but the landlord later told the officers her boyfriend’s name is Ben Kahl.

“After finding the evidence, Whelan was Mirandized,” according to the arrest report. “She began crying after the items were found and she advised me that she was in fact a methamphetamine user, as well as her boyfriend.”

The officers noticed another room in the basement that was locked. Whelan initially stated that the room belonged to the landlord and that she did not have access to it, but when the officers told her they were going to contact the landlord, she admitted that the room had been used in the past as a meth lab, according to the arrest report, but not within the last three months.

“Upon opening the door to that room, I did find a large methamphetamine operation with multiple one-pot [labs] in the room, as well as coffee filters, Coleman cooking fuel and multiple bottles with tubes coming out of them taped up, which is used in manufacturing methamphetamine,” the officer stated in his report.

At that point, the Indiana State Police’s meth lab team was called to the scene, according to the report.

The report was sent to the Clark County Prosecutor’s office, with “warrant for Benjamin Kahl” listed beneath as the reason. Whether a warrant has been issued could not be verified by press time.

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