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[ISP] Trooper finds Meth Lab while checking on a Suspected Disabled Motorist
Start Date: 4/20/2012
End Date: 4/20/2012
Entry Description

Knox County – Friday morning, April 20, at approximately 8:17 a.m., Senior Trooper Bill Gadberry was patrolling on Hickory Corner Road near Nugent Road when he located a suspected disabled vehicle stopped in the roadway with its hazard lights flashing.  The driver was identified as Tammy Higgins, 36, of Lawrenceville, IL.  Gadberry told Higgins he would help get her vehicle off the roadway.  As Gadberry was walking back toward his vehicle he noticed a duffle bag approximately 10 feet off the roadway.  As he approached the bag he found a male hiding in the weeds.  The male was identified as Tammy’s husband, Kevin Higgins, 41.  When Trooper Gadberry searched the duffle bag he found ingredients commonly used to manufacture meth. Nearby in the weeds was also a propane tank full of anhydrous ammonia and a meth lab.  When Gadberry searched Higgins he found numerous pills that he didn’t have prescriptions for. Further investigation revealed Kevin Higgins had stolen anhydrous ammonia from a nurse tank across the roadway sometime last night and cooked meth in the field he was hiding in.  This morning his wife was in the process of picking him up when Gadberry pulled up to offer his assistance. Kevin and Tammy Higgins were arrested and are currently being held on bond in the Knox County Jail.

ARRESTED AND CHARGES:
• Kevin Higgins, 41, Lawrenceville, IL
1. Manufacturing Meth, Class B Felony
2. Theft, Class D Felony
3. Possession of Precursors, Class D Felony
4. Possession of a Controlled Substance, Class D Felony

• Tammy L. Higgins, 36, Lawrenceville, IL
1. Conspiracy to Manufacture Meth, Class B Felony
2. Assisting a Criminal, Class D Felony

Arresting Officer: Senior Trooper Bill Gadberry, Indiana State Police

Assisting Officers: Trooper Doug Francis and Master Trooper John Trotter
Assisting Agency: Knox County Sheriff’s Office

Contact Information:
Name: Sergeant Todd Ringle
Phone: (812) 868-2153
Email: tringle@isp.in.gov
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Entry Category:
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  • IN.gov Category:
  • Law & Justice
  • Public Safety
  • Agency Name
    Methamphetamine Investigation System, Indiana

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