Father and daughter charged in meth bust after traffic stop
By Bev Woodruff, Staff Writer
A routine traffic stop in Union County earlier this month resulted in the discovery of a mobile meth lab and felony drug charges for a father and daughter.
Terrell L. Osborn, 50, of Connersville, and his daughter, Kristin Osborn, 27, of Liberty, each are charged with Dealing and/or manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony. They are each also charged with Possession of methamphetamine, Possession of two or more precursors and Possession of marijuana with a prior conviction, all Class D felonies.
Terrell Osborn is also charged with Driving while suspended, prior violation, a Class D felony.
Both are lodged in the Union County Jail, with bond set at $45,000 each.
A jury trial for both defendants is set for April 1, after initial hearings were held Jan. 24 in Union Circuit Court. A pre-trial hearing is set for Feb. 12.
Public defender Allen Demokovich was appointed to represent Terrell Osborn. Richmond attorney Craig Christopher Parker was appointed to represent Kristin Osborn.
The Osborns' arrests came after Union County Deputy Shawn Tudor came upon their blue pickup truck on West Union Street on Jan. 18, around 7:30 p.m.
When driver Terrell Osborn reached the intersection of Main and Union streets, he hesitated for about a minute before deciding to turn north, according to the case report. After asking the dispatcher to trace the vehicle's owner using a license plate check, Tudor determined the owner was Terrell Osborn, whom Tudor knew did not have a valid driver's license, according to the case report.
Tudor stopped the vehicle at the intersection of U.S. 27 North and Glade Montgomery Road. After asking Terrell and Kristen to step out of the vehicle, Tudor said he saw what appeared to be drug paraphernalia in the truck. A second syringe was spotted on the floorboard, Tudor's report said, along with a roll of aquarium tubing, which Tudor said in his report is known to be used in clandestine meth labs.
Pseudoephedrine packets, hypodermic syringes and a tourniquet also were found in the vehicle, according to the arrest report.
Tudor suspected he had found an active meth lab, so because the weather was bad, Tudor received permission from the Indiana State Police meth unit to bring the items to the jail and keep them outdoors under guard, instead of waiting at the scene for the ISP meth unit to arrive.
Town Policeman Andrew Jordan transported Kristin Osborn to the jail and Tudor took Terrell Osborn to the jail. Terrell asked for an attorney to represent him, which prevented the officers from asking him any more questions.
Indiana State Trooper Nathaniel Raney, a member of the ISP State Police Meth Suppression Section, arrived at the jail and determined Tudor had found a meth "generator," according to the arrest report.
Raney field-tested a burnt-metal spoon with white residue that was found in the car. The spoon field-tested positive for methamphetamine, Raney wrote in his report.
A safety assessment of the scene by Raney and Trooper Michael McCreary, identified hydrochloric acid gas generators, lithium and pseudoephedrine, as well as methamphetamine, paraphernalia and soiled coffee filters as having been in the vehicle, the report said.
Raney ran a check on Kristin Osborn through the National Precursor Log Exchange (NCPLEX) and found she had allegedly purchased pseudoephedrine eight times since Sept. 2013. It also appeared she may already have bought the medication twice in January 2014, according to the report.
Kristin Osborn allegedly told officers she had sold the cold medication for $50 per box. She said she and her father were on their way to Richmond on the night they were arrested, according to the case report.
A check on NCPLEX also allegedly showed Terrell Osborn had purchased pseudoephedrine seven times since August 2013.
Indiana law enforcement officers have been fighting methamphetamine production and distribution for more than a decade. The number of meth labs discovered in Indiana in 2013 - 1,721 - may be the highest in the nation, according to ISP, but numbers locally have not increased.
Only two meth labs were found in Union County last year, the same number as in 2012, according to the state's annual report.
Four meth labs were found last year in Franklin County, nine were located in Fayette County and Wayne County uncovered 10 labs in 2013, according to the annual report released last week by ISP.
Vanderburgh County was first in the state, with 115 labs. Delaware County had 109 labs, which was the second-highest in the state. Madison County had 61 labs and Henry, 31.