Rushville Republican


April 17, 2011

Meth lab bust nets four

RUSHVILLE — A morning raid on multiple homes and a vehicle in Carthage early Thursday resulted in the discovery of eight active methamphetamine labs being seized and dismantled and the arrest of four individuals.

"We are still looking for one suspect. The individual we are looking for is Steven Todd Dalton and he resided at one of the residences  targeted. His wife has spoke with him on the phone, at which time he indicated to her that he would not be turning himself," Rush County Sheriff's Department deputy Doug Keith said.

The four  Carthage residents taken into custody are Chhoeun Gamblin Ray, 19, Teresa Ann Dalton, 42, Joseph B. Roland, 22, and Kristen Lea Ruble, 20.

They are facing multiple felony drug charges. Each is charged with possession of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a public park, possession of methamphetamine, possession of precursors used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, dealing methamphetamine, dealing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a public park, illegal dumping of controlled substance waste, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

Each is being held on $100,000 bond.

Chhoeun Dalton is additionally charged with possession of marijuana and Ruble also is facing a neglect of a unborn child charge.

The events that led to Thursday's arrests began with an earlier drug overdose of an unidentified individual. That individual was transported to Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield and the case was investigated by Knightstown Police officer Derek Hall. Hall was assisted during a follow-up investigation by RCSD deputy Keith.

"I am extremely pleased with how this turned out. We placed four individuals in custody and I am confident that we will get the fifth person arrested," Keith said.

Officers made a surprise visits to the Dalton residence, located at 10 South Walnut Street in the rural community of Carthage, shortly after midnight.

"We found six active labs inside the home," Keith said.

The deputy continued by saying the officers then made an announced call at a nearby residence at 5 1/2 South East Street, where another active working meth lab was discovered.

Not done, officers next made a traffic stop at Third and Main Street in Carthage and found what was described as a rolling meth lab.

Once the illegal meth labs were discovered, the Indiana State Police Clandestine Unit was contacted to dismantle and clean up the illegal drug operations.

"This could not have been done without a team effort. The effort does not begin and end strictly with the officers. It begins with the a cohesive effort including the investigation, dispatchers and the others involved. It takes a complete team effort or none of this could be accomplished," Keith said.

The officer signaled out Knightstown officer Hall and his K9 Buddy and Rush County K9 handler deputy Josh Brinson and K9 Dax for their efforts in Thursday's arrests.

"We are still looking for the fifth suspect, Steven Todd Dalton, and we would appreciate the public's help in locating him. Dalton was last seen driving a silver 2000 Chevrolet Impala," Keith said.

Anyone with information as to the suspect's whereabouts or any illegal drug or suspicious activity is asked to contact the RCSD at (765) 932-2931.


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