State troopers arrested two people Saturday after they discovered a meth lab in an Owen County home.
Troopers from KSP Post 5 went to the home at 270 Highway 1669 around 6 p.m. to serve a warrant. There they smelled a strong chemical odor. After obtaining a search warrant, they discovered the meth lab inside.
Corrine Sturgeon, 33 and Raymond Eastman, 44, both of Wheatley, were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of a meth precursor, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Both were lodged at the Carroll County Detention Center.
Trooper Brad Arterburn, spokesman for KSP Post 5, said that Sturgeon was convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine back in 2002 and Eastman was convicted of cocaine possession in 1995.
This was the second meth lab discovered in Owen County this year, Arterburn said. He said several had been found in adjacent Gallatin County.
After meth lab busts had tapered off in recent months, Arterburn said, this lab and another lab in Henry County were discovered over the weekend. An Owen County man was also arrested Saturday for, among other charges, possession of a meth precursor after troopers seized over 100 prescription pain pills and 58 firearms from his home.
“We’ve kind of gotten a spike here recently,” Arterburn said.