12:34 PM EDT, November 1, 2012
The following release was issued Thursday morning:
On Wednesday, October 31st, at approximately 3:16 a.m., Warsaw Police were called to the Super 8 Motel after three passengers in a cab failed to pay for their taxi ride.
Upon arrival, the desk clerk directed officers to room 224 where officers knocked on the door and were met by a female. The occupants of the room matched the description given by the cab driver and they acknowledged that they had just arrived in a cab. In the room, officers observed a large container of salt, coffee filters, and bottles of drain cleaner. These items are commonly used in the manufacture of Methamphetamine and officers questioned the occupants whether there was an active lab in the room.
They denied that an active lab or any Methamphetamine was in the room. For safety purposes, the room was searched and officers located Coleman fuel and cut open cold packs, also used in the manufacturing process.
Due to the theft of services for the taxi cab ride and the possession of Methamphetamine precursors, officers arrested the three occupants. Then during the search of Billy J. Fairchild, age 27, of Pierceton Indiana, officer’s located finished Methamphetamine product in a clear plastic baggy. He was transported to the Kosciusko County Jail and initially charged with possession of Methamphetamine, possession of precursors, and theft.
The two females in the room were arrested and initially charged with possession of precursors and theft. The females are; Erika J. Nichols, age 27, of Warsaw Indiana, and Jennifer S. Stanley, age 40, also of Warsaw Indiana.
Warsaw Police later located an active “one-pot” meth labs in the motel dumpster after receiving additional information during interviews. The Indiana State Police clandestine lab team and Warsaw Police drug enforcement officers were called to clean up the scene.
All three were additionally charged with dealing in Methamphetamine, class B felonies.
Earlier in the month on Saturday, October 13th, Warsaw Police were called to the Days Inn in Warsaw and arrested Fairchild and Nichols with similar charges. At that time, Fairchild and Nichols were charged with class D felonies, for possession or sale of precursors after police located multiple Methamphetamine manufacturing articles in a room that Stanley had rented.
Additional charges may result as a part of this investigation. Warsaw Police continue to diligently work to reduce the influence of Methamphetamine in our community by aggressively pursuing those who possess, use, manufacture, or sell this dangerous drug. In Warsaw, drug tips may be called into the Warsaw Police Department at 574-372-9538.
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