News and Tribune

March 10, 2014

Georgetown couple charged with dealing meth, neglecting children

ISP reports materials in couple’s home used to manufacture drugs

By GARY POPP
gary.popp@newsandtribune.com

GEORGETOWN — A Georgetown couple was jailed after methamphetamine and materials to produce methamphetamine were found in their home, along with three children, Indiana State Police reported.

Timothy McKinley, 41, and Julia McKinley, 29, Alonzo Smith Road, were charged in separate Floyd County courts last week and each face multiple felony charges including dealing in methamphetamine and neglect of a dependent.

According to a probable cause affidavit, ISP conducted a “trash pull” at their home March 3. The process involves taking trash from outside a home and going through the contents for possible illegal materials.

The troopers found a small plastic bag containing methamphetamine residue, according to the affidavit. A warrant to search the home was obtained shortly after 1 a.m. the following morning.

Throughout the day, troopers conducted surveillance on the home and Timothy McKinley, while he was away from the residence. When Timothy McKinley left work later in the day, he was tailed by troopers to his home. Once he pulled into the driveway, troopers swarmed onto the property.

Timothy McKinley was searched and found with a container holding six bags of methamphetamine and a cut straw.

While in the home, troopers located children ages 8, 6, and 1.

In the closet of the home’s master bedroom, a glass jar was found with a white residue and a water bong was found in the master bath. Both items tested positive for methamphetamine.

The search of the home also revealed chemicals used in methamphetamine production, including lithium, organic solvent, ammonium nitrate, sodium hydroxide and sulfuric acid.

More than three grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, digital scales, coffee filters and air line tubing with air pump, are some other items troopers found at scene.

Troopers reported the items indicate the production of methamphetamine using a one-pot method.

Both McKinleys have been charged with dealing in methamphetamine, a class A felony; neglect of a dependent, a class C felony; and possession of chemical precursors and maintaining a common nuisance, both class D felonies.

Timothy McKinley was also charged with possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.

Two payments totaling $10,000 have been made to the court for Timothy McKinley’s release, according to online records.

Records also show two payments of $7,500 have been paid toward Julia McKinley’s bond.