Frankfort, IN – Responding to a reported shoplifting at the CVS Pharmacy at 1948 East Walnut Street on Tuesday, Frankfort Police determined items taken were consistent with those used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
Although the shoplifting suspect fled the scene prior to officers arriving, a Frankfort Police drug detective gathered information that led officers to 251 West Wabash Street were a faint chemical odor was detected near the east side of the residence.
According to Police Chief Troy Bacon, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit arrived to assist, with the K9 officer indicating an active methamphetamine lab was present. Police arrested 32-year-old Shawn I. Burton of Frankfort on charges of Dealing in Methamphetamine and Possessing an Illegal Drug Lab. Burton currently is being held at the Clinton County Jail.
“The Frankfort Police Department is dedicated to the protection of the community. I am very proud of our drug detective, patrol officers, and the Clinton County K9 unit who assisted in locating this very dangerous and volatile methamphetamine lab,” said Bacon.
At approximately 10:30 p.m. that same evening, a Frankfort patrol officer conducted a traffic stop for an expired license plate near the intersection of Main and Kyger Streets. After making contact with the driver, the officer recognized the passenger as being possibly connected to the 251 West Wabash Street meth lab investigation. The Clinton County K9 unit was called to assist with the traffic stop and indicated illegal drugs were inside the vehicle.
Through the course of the investigation, officers located a substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine and paraphernalia. The passenger, 24-year-old Derrick R. Thomas of Frankfort was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Hypodermic Needles and Possession of Paraphernalia. Thomas currently is being held at the Clinton County Jail. The driver was cited for an expired license plate and released.
“Although I would not call it an epidemic, it deeply concerns me that we are investigating so many cases involving methamphetamine. Through the skill and dedication of our police officers, we will continue working to stop the pollution of drugs in our City and arrest those involved,” Bacon said.
For questions or interview requests, contact Chief Bacon at 654-4245.