Police make “largest seizure of crystal meth”

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A pound and a half of crystal. That doesn’t sound like a lot, unless you’re talking about methamphetamine.

It started out simply enough.

Police were serving a parole revocation warrant on a house in Terre Vista across from Deming Park. But they got more than they bargained for.

While serving the warrant, they saw a man, Jared West, sneak out the back door of the house with two large black bags. When West saw the officers after doing this, he fled back into the house and locked the door.

When West finally left the house, he attempted to assault officers.

That’s when he was arrested and officers were able to see what was in the bags.

One and a half pounds of crystal methamphetamine. That’s an estimated street value of almost $20,000, plus more than $4,000 in cash.

“This is definitely the largest seizure of this type of drug by patrol officer in recent memory, for sure,” said Assistant Chief Shawn Keen, Terre Haute Police Department.

Keen said this isn’t the usual type of recovery patrol officers make, but the way it played out spoke to the training their officers’ used.

“Using good tactics and observation skills before they approach the house, they were able to observe this male engaged in this activity which led to this very large seizure. I give them a lot of credit. It’s not often that happens and they did a very good job,” said Asst. Chief Keen.

This area of town isn’t generally a high crime area, which makes is unusual.

But Asst. Chief Keen said no neighborhood’s immune to drug activity.

West will face multiple charges, including dealing and possession of methamphetamine.

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