Muncie meth bust ends with suspect in custody
MUNCIE, Ind. (Aug. 21, 2015) – Authorities in Muncie raided a home Friday and arrested a man accused of making and dealing methamphetamine.
Authorities said Clinton Smith tried to sell meth during an undercover sting. He was caught on video selling meth the a criminal informant. Investigators authorized a search warrant for his home on S. Mulberry St. CBS4 was there as swat teams with The Delaware County Sheriff’s Department and Muncie Police Department kicked down Smith’s door and brought him out in handcuffs.
Smith told CBS4 during his arrest, he didn’t know why investigators were raiding his home.
When asked what he was doing inside, he said, “just hanging out chilling with my family, nothing really.”
Inside his home, investigators found materials used to produce the drug. It’s believed two young children were sometimes in the home when Smith was making meth.
Delaware County consistently ranks highest in the state for meth busts. So far this year, a total of 118 labs have been found. Sheriff Ray Dudley says the high statistics are due to a joint effort from the county and city drug task force, plus tips from the community.
“Everybody in all the neighborhoods in these communities are fed up with this problem and are affected in one way or another, whether it’s crime going on in their neighborhoods or dealers that live in their neighborhoods,” Sheriff Dudley said.
It’s also becoming easier for makers and dealers to get their hands on the drug.In Indiana, it is still legal to purchase over the counter meth making materials, like pseudoephedrine. Sheriff Dudley, Muncie Police Chief Steve Stewart, and Muncie City Mayor Dennis Tyler have all lobbied the statehouse to change those laws.
“We’re not going to stop until we get rid of the drug,” Sheriff Dudley said.
Smith has six previous arrests in Delaware County, with his latest one in April 2015. In that case, he was charged with possession of meth.