Investigation of suspicious persons leads to seizure of a mobile meth lab

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TELL CITY, Ind. —  A methamphetamine lab was removed from the trunk of a car Friday afternoon, August 19, after officers followed two suspicious Spencer County men.

While inside a CVS Pharmacy in Tell City, Tell City Police Officer Daymion Marsh observed a man acting suspicious. Marsh contacted Master Trooper Trey Lytton of the Indiana State Police and informed him that the man had been driving a white Chevrolet Cavalier. Lytton drove through the parking lot and located the vehicle, but did not get a computer return on the vehicle registration until after it had left the parking lot. Lytton continued checking information and found that the possible identity of the male was 37-year-old Jason Tuley of Dale. Tuley was actively wanted through Spencer County.

A short time later, officers observed the Chevrolet pulling into a Walmart parking lot on State Road 66 in Tell City. Police observed the car pulling up to the front of the store where 19-year-old Shawn Payne of Evanston got into the car. Lytton then observed the Chevrolet pulling onto State Road 66, when Tell City Officer Bryce Hammack initiated the traffic stop.

Officers discovered that Tuley and Payne were wanted on warrants through Spencer County. As officers were checking the vehicle they opened the trunk and immediately smelled a strong chemical odor. After observing numerous items consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine, the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Suppression Section was contacted to dismantle and dispose of the meth lab. During a search of the vehicle, officers found smoking pipes, hypodermic needles, synthetic marijuana, pills that were identified as legend drugs, and burnt aluminum foil that field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Both Tuley and Payne were arrested without incident and lodged in the Perry County Jail.

The men arrested and facing charges are:

Jason S Tully

Jason S Tully, 37, from Dale, Ind.

– Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony
– Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 6 Felony
– Possession of 2 or More Precursors, Level 6 Felony
– Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Level 6 Felony
– Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe (9 Counts), Level 6 Felony
– Possession of a Legend Drug, Level 6 Felony
– Possession of a Synthetic Drug, Class A Misdemeanor
– Possession of Paraphernalia, Class C Misdemeanor

Shawn E Payne

Shawn E Payne, 19, from Evanston, Ind.

– Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony
– Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 6 Felony
– Possession of 2 or More Precursors, Level 6 Felony
– Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Level 6 Felony
– Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe (9 Counts), Level 6 Felony
– Possession of a Legend Drug, Level 6 Felony
– Possession of a Synthetic Drug, Class A Misdemeanor
– Possession of Paraphernalia, Class C Misdemeanor