Share |

Spotlighting deer leads to drug arrests

Shortly before 11 p.m. on December 7, officers from the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department came across a black Chevy S10 pickup that was traveling south on CR 125E north of CR 700N. According to the police report, the two occupants of the vehicle were spotlighting deer on the east and west sides of the roadway.

    Closer examination of the vehicle revealed that its license plate had been expired for several months.

    Officers initiated a traffic stop in the 1100E block of CR 700N. When they made initial contact with the driver, they allegedly observed two firearms in plain view inside of the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the occupants were spotlighting deer while in possession of a loaded firearm.

    Officers requested the assistance of a DNR officer due to the spotlighting violation and continued to investigate the actions of the truck’s occupants.

    While speaking with driver, officers allegedly found him in possession of a hypodermic needle and methamphetamine precursors. A short time later, an inventory of the vehicle allegedly led to the discovery of three firearms, one of which was loaded, a handheld spotlight, two methamphetamine labs, methamphetamine precursors, and approximately eight grams of suspected methamphetamine.

    Roderick E. Barnell Jr., 19, of Vicksburg, Mich., was arrested on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine with a Firearm, a Class C felony, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, a Class B felony, Possession of Precursors, a Class D felony, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, a Class D felony, Unlawful Possession of a Hypodermic Needle, a Class D felony, and Use of Artificial Lights While in Possession of a Firearm, a Class C misdemeanor. He is being held without bond.

    David C. Shaffer, 21, of Howe was arrested on charges of Visiting a Common Nuisance, a Class B misdemeanor, and Use of Artificial Lights While in Possession of a Firearm, a Class C misdemeanor.