(Osgood, Ind.) – A man accused of taking anhydrous ammonia from an agriculture business in Ripley County is in jail after a witness noticed a suspicious car parked there.
Anhydrous ammonia is a much-needed ingredient in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, says Ripley County Sheriff Tom Grills.
Last Thursday, April 25, sheriff’s deputies and Osgood Police responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle parked at Laughery Valley Ag Co-op on U.S. 421 near Osgood. It was about 10:30 at night.
A deputy spotted the suspect vehicle near the co-op and began to follow it. When the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, it fled. After a short pursuit, the vehicle stopped and the driver – Aubrey E. Roberts, 34, of New Richmond, Ohio – was apprehended.
Police discovered inside Roberts’ vehicle a modified tank that was later found to contain anhydrous ammonia. The dangerous gas chemical is used in farm fertilizing practices, but also in cooking meth.
Roberts was arrested and taken to the Ripley County Jail. He is held on charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, Reckless Driving, Theft, and Illegal Possession or Transportation of Anhydrous Ammonia, according to the sheriff’s office website.
“This is an excellent case of our community paying attention to their neighborhoods, and calling when they see something out of place. Great job to the caller, and to my staff, as well as the supporting officers, for their effort to stop this theft. A large amount of meth will not be hitting the street because of this arrest,” Grills said.
The case remains under investigation by the Ripley County Sheriff's Office.