An investigation into illegal drug activity that began in a local retail establishment Jan. 18 led to the eventual arrest of six people later that day: Dennis Feeback, 31, Rushville; Stacie Feeback, 35, Rushville; Randy Wayne Chandler, 37, North Vernon; Anthony S. Walker, 24, Columbus; Sara Danielle (Baldwin) Walls, 27, Rushville; and Joseph B. Walls, 23, Rushville.
Events leading to the arrests began when Rushville Police officers Alex Shaver and Brent Campbell observed some of the individuals at the local Walmart purchasing items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine.
The officers were able to gather additional information necessary to obtain a search warrant for a multiple family housing residence in the 500 block of North Main Street, Rushville.
Shortly after 10 p.m., law enforcement personnel from the RPD, assisted by deputies from the Rush County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Excise Police, executed the warrant on occupants of apartment 3 at 530 North Main Street.
Once inside the residence, officers discovered a meth lab in operation.
While officers outside the residence watched escape routes, a neighbor in a second apartment began throwing another active one-pot met lab from a second story window, The highly volatile working lab landed near an officer.
At that point, a second search warrant was obtained for the additional apartment and the Rushville Fire Department was called to assist in stabilizing the scene.
Residents from other apartments were evacuated as a safety measure due to the chance of the one-pot lab bursting and possibly releasing hazardous chemicals.
Aside from the active labs, officers also located quantities of the finished product, additional active labs and precursors used in the manufacturing process of the illegal drug inside the residences.
“This investigation was conducted throughly and cautiously in a timely manner that resulted in the arrest of the suspects. These arrests were made possible by the observation of arresting officers Shaver and Campbell of the RPD,” Detective Randy Meek said.
The ISP Clandestine Unit was called to the scene to dismantle the labs and clean up the area.
The active labs were within 1,000 feet of a school and a nearby daycare center, resulting in additional felony charges.
Dennis Feeback was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of precursors and maintaining a common nuisance. A $100,000 bond was listed.
Stacie Feeback is facing the same charges and bond.
Chandler was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine within 1,000 of a school and possession of precursors. A $100,000 bond was set.
Walker was charged with possession of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school and possession of paraphernalia. A $60,000 bond was set.
Both Walls were charged with possession of methamphetamine within 1,000 feel of a school, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia and are being held on $60,000 bonds.
“I am very proud of the efforts put forth in this case by all officers involved, including the RCSD, the Indiana State Excise Police and the officers of the RPD,” Chief of Police Craig Tucker said.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106