By Dave Pearce
For the second time in less than a month, an active meth lab has been uncovered in northern Posey County and the alleged operator taken to jail.
According to information provided by Posey County Sheriff Greg Oeth, the Posey County Sheriff’s Department concluded an undercover investigation with an early morning raid on a home located at 10250 Barrett Switch Road. On Friday, March 8, Detective Jeremy Fortune of the Posey County Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotic’s Unit executed a search warrant based on information developed from the investigation, which had begun from community tips and leads.
The home is located just west of Stewartsville off of Overton Road (CR 1000 N).
Oeth said that at approximately 6 a.m., members of the Indiana State Police ERT unit entered the home under the authority of the warrant. Once inside they encountered David B. Cartwright. It was learned through the investigation that Cartwright was maintaining a methamphetamine manufacturing operation in the home. Cartwright was also known for making statements and threats, by naming individual police officers he was going to shoot if they tried to arrest him.
“We have had the residence under surveillance for a while because of some of the comments that had been made,” Oeth said. “But once we were able to execute the warrant, everything went just the way it is supposed to go. We found a meth lab.”
Once Cartwright was in custody and the residence secured, officers began searching for items described in the warrant. Precursors used to manufacture methamphetamine were located in various locations throughout the home. A reaction vessel containing anhydrous ammonia, lithium metal, pseudoephedrine, and solvents was found on a bathroom floor along with a bottle emitting hydrochloride gas which was sitting at the top of a stairway. Officers also recovered firearms, ammunition, surveillance cameras with monitors, police scanners, and finished methamphetamine product.
Oeth said that following the arrest, several neighbors expressed their appreciation for the work of the department.
“We went to the Red Wagon for dinner Friday night,” Oeth explained, “and we were approached by several with positive comments and a thumbs up.”
Cartwright was transported to the Posey County Jail, where he was lodged and pre-charged with the crimes of Dealing Methamphetamine (B Felony), Possession of two or more precursors with intent to manufacture while possessing a firearm (C Felony), Possession of Methamphetamine while possessing a firearm (C Felony), Maintaining a common nuisance (D Felony), Possession of Marijuana (Under 30 grams(, a Class A Misdemeanor).
The Sheriff’s Department was assisted in this operation by members of the Posey County Narcotics Unit, the Indiana State Police, FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, the Posey County EMS, and the Poseyville Fire Department.
Cartwright remains lodged in the Posey County Jail.
By Dave Pearce
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