Meth valued at $260,000 is confiscated in Van Buren arrest

Posted By | November 7, 2016 6:19 am

A traffic stop on Highway 111, in Spencer, on the afternoon of Oct. 28, reportedly led Van Buren County Sheriff Department deputies to discover a large quantity of methamphetamine in a vehicle.

While on patrol, Deputy Shane Ballew reportedly observed a vehicle traveling north, on Highway 111, that he believed to have been driving erratically. Ballew performed a traffic stop and asked the driver for his driver license.

The driver reportedly stated that he did not have a license.

Ballew ran a check on the vehicle’s tags and reportedly received notification that the driver, Jesse Carter, 50, of Putnam County, had a revoked driver license.

As Ballew proceeded to place Carter under arrest, he reportedly detected a “strong odor of marijuana.”

Carter reportedly consented to a field sobriety test, which he failed, according to Sheriff Eddie Carter.

Jesse Carter reportedly refused to submit to a blood alcohol content test. A search warrant was then issued for a blood draw, according to Sheriff Eddie Carter.

Ballew conducted a search of the vehicle and allegedly located a red backpack in the front passenger seat containing three plastic containers wrapped in plastic, which reportedly contained a total of 5 pounds of methamphetamine.

Sheriff Eddie Carter states that the value of the drugs could be up to $260,000.

Jesse Carter was charged with manufacture/delivery/sale of methamphetamine, driving on revoked-third offense, driving under the influence, and violation of the implied consent law.

He is being held at the Van Buren County Jail on $750,000 bond.

Along with Ballew, Deputy Steven Page also assisted with the arrest.

Sheriff Eddie Carter stated, “I am proud of Deputy Ballew and his accomplishments. The teamwork between he and Deputy Steven Page is a prime example of the teamwork that goes on within the department and other agencies. Caring people working together can always make a difference.”

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