Five Linton residents had initial hearings scheduled for Monday afternoon in Greene Superior Court on multiple methamphetamine-related charges.
The Greene County Drug Task Force learned of several purchases related to the making of methamphetamine at several local businesses.
According to a report filed by Linton Police Department Det. Josh Goodman, Brian Callihan purchased pseudoephedrine (PSE) Nov. 28 at the Linton CVS and ammonium nitrate at the Linton Dollar Store East on Nov. 29. Mary Miller also purchased PSE on Nov. 29 at the Linton Wal-Mart.
Goodman kept surveillance on the rural Linton residence of Callihan, 30, and Nicole Schubla-Miller, 23. The residence was also occupied by Callihan's niece, Lindsey Herndon, 23.
Goodman observed Miller, 46, of Linton, leave Callihan's residence, and followed the vehicle to her residence, at which time he discussed Miller's visit to Callihan's residence.
She admitted to Goodman she had been at Callihan's residence earlier in the day, and was asked by Schubla-Miller to purchase a box of the PSE.
According to Goodman, Miller advised she purchased the PSE at Linton Wal-Mart, drove Callihan to CVS to pick up a prescription, then proceeded to Dollar General East where Callihan purchased cold packs (ammonium nitrate).
Miller told Goodman upon returning to the residence, Callihan mixed the methamphetamine and the four ingested the meth.
At this time, Goodman went to the prosecutor's office to obtain a search warrant for Callihan's residence, and officers learned Callihan was wanted on a warrant in Greene County on theft-related charges.
"As I was applying for the search warrant, (Linton Police) Officer Brock Garrison advised me that the individuals at the above described residence had a fire started in a burn pile in the back yard. Based on my training and experience, I know that individuals who manufacture methamphetamine commonly destroy the evidence of the methamphetamine lab by burning it," Goodman wrote.
Due to the fact officers believed evidence was being destroyed, Garrison was directed to execute the arrest warrant on Brian Callihan, and other individuals at the residence were secured until the search warrant was approved.
Once the search warrant was obtained, Callihan, Schubla-Miller and Herndon were located in the residence. Several items related to the manufacturing of meth were found in the residence, including a white, powder-like residue which tested positive for meth.
Herndon later admitted to ingesting the methamphetamine and Schubla-Miller admitted to asking Miller to obtain the PSE.
Throughout the course of the investigation, officers also learned Laramy K. Dayhoff, 34, of Linton, had visited the evidence the same day, during the time period the methamphetamine was being manufactured.
Miller also advised when she was driving Callihan to gather precursors for the manufacturing they had stopped at Dayhoff's house to obtain lithium batteries -- also used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
Callihan was charged with dealing methamphetamine-manufacturing, a class B felony; possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony; possession of two or more chemical precursors with the intent to manufacture, a class D felony; and maintaining a common nuisance, a class D felony.
Schubla-Miller was charged with dealing methamphetamine-manufacturing, a class B felony; possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony; and possession of two or more chemical precursors with the intent to manufacture, a class D felony.
Herndon was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony; and possession of two or more chemical precursors with the intent to manufacture, a class D felony.
Miller was charged with dealing methamphetamine-manufacturing, a class B felony.
Dayhoff was charged with dealing methamphetamine-manufacturing, a class B felony.
Linton Police Det. Duane Collenbaugh stressed the importance of catching those who are making methamphetamine.
"Our goal is to get to the bigger source, not the common user. They (users) usually end up doing something to harm themselves or end up in the hospital because of overdosing," Collenbaugh said. "We are using the task force to target the people who are manufacturing and dealing in large quantities. If we can cut that source off for a short time -- unfortunately there is usually another dealer that comes up -- but it disrupts the drug trafficking."
Indiana State Police, Greene County Sheriff's Department and the Jasonville Police Department assisted in the investigation.