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[ISP] Welfare Check Results In Discovery of DMT Lab
Start Date: 5/8/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/17/2014End Time: Midnight
Entry Description

Martin County (Shoals): A welfare check into the living conditions of six Shoals children resulted in the discovery of a clandestine DMT lab.

At approximately 10:30 this morning, Trooper Steven Sexton assisted the Indiana Department of Child Services in conducting a welfare check based on a complaint of living conditions at 818 Lynnwood Drive in Shoals. While checking the residence, Trooper Sexton discovered what was believed to be a Dimethyltryptamine lab, or commonly referred to as a DMT lab. DMT, a hallucinogen that naturally occurs in particular South American plants and can be synthesized in a lab, is categorized as a Schedule I Controlled Substance. Further search of the residence revealed the presence of hash oil and drug paraphernalia.

The homeowner, Christopher Couchman, 34, Shoals, was present and was placed in custody without incident. Two other suspects will have charges pending the issuance of arrest warrants through the Martin County Circuit Court.

The Department of Child Services relocated the six children as a result of the investigation. No children were present at the time of the investigation as they were in school.

The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section believes this may be the first seizure of a DMT lab in Southern Indiana, as its usage is somewhat rare. If you have information regarding the manufacture of illegal drugs and substances in your neighborhood or area, please contact the ISP Meth Hotline by dialing 1-800-453-4756. You may remain anonymous while providing your information.

Arrested and Charges:
Christopher Couchman, 34
818 Lynnwood Drive, Shoals, IN
- Manufacturing a Schedule I Controlled Substance, Class B Felony
- Possession of Hash Oil, Class D Felony
- Possession of Paraphernalia, Class A Misdemeanor

Contact Information:
Name: Sergeant Philip Hensley
Phone: 812-634-5520
Email: phensley@isp.in.gov
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