Probation check finds Birdseye methamphetamine


BIRDSEYE — A Tuesday afternoon probation check sent a Birdseye couple to jail.


Narcotics officers from the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Huntingburg Police Department and Jasper Police Department went to the 99 E. Third St. residence of 32-year-old Stephen A. Clapp and 32-year-old Brittany N. Holsman at 1:45 p.m.

Those officers then sought assistance from the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office and Dubois Superior Court in obtaining a search warrant after locating an inactive one-pot methamphetamine lab on a garage floor.

The police on scene, who said they could see burnt lithium battery strips in the one-pot bottle, contacted an Indiana State Police clandestine meth lab team to assist.

The local narcotics officers also called for more assistance during the execution of the search warrant, which resulted in three additional Jasper police units coming to the scene.

During a subsequent search, deputies report finding a white, crystalline substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine, meth pipes and foils, information on making meth, a marijuana grinder, 150 small plastic bags allegedly used to hold marijuana and methamphetamine, precursors commonly associated with making meth, at least five hypodermic syringes and a .22 caliber rifle.

The state police lab team also allegedly found three meth labs and two hydrogen chloride (HCl) generators associated with making meth.

Authorities booked Clapp and Holsman into the Dubois County Security Center on preliminary charges that included Level 3 felony counts of manufacturing/dealing methamphetamine while armed with a firearm, Level 6 felony counts of maintaining a common nuisance, methamphetamine possession, unlawful possession of hypodermic syringes and possession of precursors, plus misdemeanor counts of paraphernalia possession.

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