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January 29, 2013

Active meth lab found in Sellersburg home

Tip leads to three arrests

SELLERSBURG — Three people were arrested after police found an active methamphetamine lab in a Sellersburg home Friday.

Sellersburg police received information from a concerned citizen of possible drug activity taking place in a residence at 2122 Jefferson Blvd., Sellersburg Police Chief Russ Whelan said Monday.

Whelan said after the search warrant was obtained, officers responded to the home of Paul Edward Terry, 44, and Julie Waynett Dowdle, 42, where Alice Merryman, 49, of Marengo, was also present.

Whelan said along with the active methamphetamine lab, a child was also in the home.

Terry was preliminarily charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a precursor, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.

Dowdle was preliminarily charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a precursor, possession of paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance and neglect of a dependent.

Merryman was preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine and visiting a common nuisance.

Court records had not been updated with any of the suspects’ upcoming court dates as of press time.

The class of each charge was also not available.

Whelan said the incident is only the third active methamphetamine lab discovered in Sellersburg by police since he became the department’s chief eight years ago.

“But that’s three too many,” Whelan said, “especially when a juvenile is present.”

He added that he is thankful that police were alerted of the activity and for the work of his drug officers.

“It’s always good when you get a tip from a member of the community,” Whelan said. “If we get a tip, we are going to follow up on it, and in this case it paid off.”

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