$374K worth of crystal meth seized during Henry County traffic stop

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On Aug. 17. 2018, Michael Degrate pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and was sentenced to three years in jail with 21 days of jail credit.


HENRY COUNTY, Ind. – A law enforcement task force seized nearly 10 pounds of crystal meth during a traffic stop in Henry County last Wednesday.

Deputy Nick Ernstes, a team coordinator of Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement, stopped Alton Taylor III, 36, and Michael Degrate, 31, on I-70 around 12:30 p.m. When Ernstes began speaking to the men, he reported seeing marijuana in plain view and a strong marijuana smell in the vehicle.

The deputy called for backup and they began searching the vehicle. That’s when the officers found that the vehicle’s doors had been tampered with. When the officers peered inside, they spotted several wrapped packages of crystal meth.

Officers determined that the amount of meth seized had a street value of around $374,000.

Both men were arrested and charged with dealing methamphetamine, a level 2 felony. Degrate, the passenger, was also charged with possession of marijuana after authorities say he attempted to hide a small baggy of the drug inside his underwear. They were transported to the Henry County Jail.

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