WAKARUSA — Two Goshen women and an Elkhart man were arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine after a state police trooper discovered a mobile meth lab in their vehicle during a traffic stop.
Indiana State Police Trooper Gretchen Deal saw a silver Kia SUV roll through a stop sign on C.R. 38 at C.R. 11, east of Wakarusa, around 12:45 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, according to a news release from the Indiana State Police’s Bremen Post.
She initiated a traffic stop and, as she approached the vehicle, the women quickly exited the vehicle. The man remained inside.
Deal noticed a strong chemical odor typically associated with the production of methamphetamine coming from the vehicle.
The driver, Heather Meador, 33, of Goshen, had a suspended driver’s license, and the license plate on the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Goshen, police said.
Deal found drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, but Meador and her passengers, Ashley Seabolt, 30, of Goshen and Deric Dewing, 31, of Elkhart, claimed they did not know about the methamphetamine that was later discovered in the vehicle.
The Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team, of which Deal is a member, removed the active one-pot methamphetamine lab that was found under the driver’s seat.
Dewing and Seabolt were arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.
Meador was arrested for driving with a suspended license, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of stolen property.
The three are being held in the Elkhart County Jail. They are scheduled to appear for initial hearings on Thursday, Oct. 3, in Elkhart Superior Court 3.