PUTNAMVILLE -- Twice within 32 minutes Tuesday, troopers from the Indiana State Police Putnamville Post stopped motorists for "routine" traffic violations which ended up resulting in two arrests, one for having a mobile methamphetamine lab in his vehicle and the other on an out-of-state felony drug violation warrant.
At 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Trooper Brent Robinson stopped a pickup truck at Wolfe and Wolfenberger streets in Sullivan after recognizing the driver as operating his vehicle with a suspended license.
During an inventory of the suspect's vehicle for impound purposes, Trooper Robinson noticed several items related to the manufacture of methamphetamine.
The driver, Richard Boleck Jr., 35, Sullivan, was incarcerated in the Sullivan County Jail on $70,000 bail. He faces charges of possession of methamphetamine, a B felony; possession of precursors with intent to manufacture, a D felony; possession of controlled substance, a D felony; illegal possession of anhydrous, a D felony; illegal storage of anhydrous, an A misdemeanor; and maintaining a common nuisance, a B misdemeanor.
At 12:33 a.m. Tuesday, Trooper Brandon Mullen stopped a 1992 Dodge Dakota for disregarding a stoplight on Ninth Street in Terre Haute.
The driver, Christopher L. Richardson, 36, Terre Haute, reportedly appeared intoxicated and was not wearing a seatbelt.
A subsequent check of Richardson's driving record found a California warrant a for felony possession of a controlled substance. Richardson was incarcerated in Vigo County Jail for driving while intoxicated-refusal and on the California warrant. Bail on the warrant was $130,000.
Putnamville officials remind motorists that troopers often find criminal activity during routine traffic stops. ISP will continue vigorous enforcement of traffic and criminal violations in an effort to reduce traffic crashes and criminal activity.