PERU, Ind. — What started as a traffic stop for speeding turned into the discovery of a meth production, according to a new release from the Indiana State Police.
At about 3 a.m. on Sunday, March 23, Indiana State Police Sergeant T.J. Zeiser pulled a Saturn over in Peru because it was going 34 mph in a 25 mph zone. A 17-year-old was driving and 22-year-old Peter Buffington was the passenger, the release said.
While speaking with the 17-year-old girl, Zeiser, who served for nine years on the Indiana State Police Clandestine Laboratory Team, said he smelled a chemical odor consistent with methamphetamine manufacturing. During a search of the car, officers found methamphetamine and chemicals associated with its production. Further investigation indicated the pair "had allegedly been at a Miami County campground were they tried to make methamphetamine inside of a camper. They apparently could not get the formula right, so they packed up and left the campground."
Buffington is being held at the Miami County Jail and faces felony charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of chemical precursors, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The 17-year-old girl was taken to a juvenile facility in Lafayette and she faces felony charges for possession of chemical precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.
Those who have information on meth labs, or meth production and distribution can report tips anonymously by calling the Indiana State Police Drug and Gang Hotline at 1-800-453-4756.