Police seize nearly 10 pounds of meth in Henry County traffic stop, 2 arrested

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UPDATE: 

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.

ORIGINAL STORY: 

HENRY COUNTY, Ind.– Nearly ten pounds of crystal methamphetamine was seized on I-70 in Henry County.

On August 24, a Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement (PACE) team deputy with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department conducted a traffic stop along I-70 in Henry County. PACE is a multi-jurisdiction law enforcement task force consisting of officers from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Richmond Police Department.

The deputy reportedly observed several indicators of possible criminal activity while speaking with the vehicle’s occupants. Marijuana could be seen in plain view and the smell of marijuana was coming from the car.

During a search of the vehicle, officers found the doors had been tampered with, contained tool markings and were missing screws and rivets.

An officer looked inside the inner panel of a door and found several large, plastic-wrapped packages. In total, the packages contained 9.22 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, valued at $374,000.

Alton Taylor II, 36, of Henderson, Nevada, was arrested. Taylor was the driver and owner of the car. He faces charges of dealing methamphetamine (Level 2 felony).

The passenger, 31-year-old Michael Degrate of Las Vegas, Nevada, faces charges of possession of marijuana (B misdemeanor) and dealing methamphetamine (Level 2 felony). Police say Degrate attempted to hide a small baggy of marijuana inside his underwear.

Both suspects are now in the Henry County Jail.

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