Indiana Conservation Officer Matthew Maher arrested Christopher P. Carroll, 20, of South Whitley and Shanelle D. Byrer, 21, of Warsaw, on March 23, for possessing methamphetamine as well as precursors to produce methamphetamine.
Officer Maher was patrolling along the Tippecanoe River checking fisherman when he observed a vehicle disregard a stop sign at a high rate of speed. Upon initiating a traffic stop of the vehicle, officer Maher developed probable cause to question the occupants and then search the vehicle.
Officer Maher seized an amount of methamphetamine as well as numerous ingredients used in the “one pot” method of cooking methamphetamine. Both Carroll and Byrer are currently on felony probation for methamphetamine related prior arrests.
Carroll was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of two or more chemical reagents or precursors, possession of greater than 10 grams of Pseudoephedrine and knowingly possessing paraphernalia. Byrer was charged with possession of methamphetamine.
Carroll and Byrer were jailed in the Kosciusko County Jail. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible. Carroll and Byrer are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Officer Maher was assisted at the scene by officers from the Mentone Police Department and the Kosciusko County Sheriffs Department. Indiana Conservation Officers enforce all state laws and frequently execute drug related arrests in the performance of their duties.