COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man was arrested by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department Tuesday for several drug-related charges and booked into the Whitley County Jail.
Wayne Lynn Weaver, 40, faces counts of dealing in and manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, paraphernalia and a controlled substance and failure to comply. The charges also include the possession of two or more precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.
Police and county prosecutors say Weaver was operating a meth lab. His was the second discovered by police in as many weeks.
Weaver was arrested after a traffic stop by a sheriff’s deputy. According to police, Weaver already had an outstanding warrant and was immediately taken into custody.
Weaver’s vehicle was taken to a local towing business so investigators could inspect the vehicle in a shed, protected from inclement weather.
Indiana State Police were called in to assist with a mobile testing lab.
A cooler was located in the back of Weaver’s truck, which according to the police report contained a “one-pot methamphetamine reaction vessel.”
Ammonia was detected and police recovered numerous pills including some marked as oxycodone and acetaminophen as well as cold medicine known to be used in the manufacture of the drug.
Police also recovered four baggies containing a white powder substance with at least one that field tested positive for methamphetamine.
On Nov. 10, police responded to a tip, arrived at a residence on County Road 850 West and arrested Trinton Jarrod Tuttle, 26 of South Whitley, who they found hiding in a closet.
Tuttle was charged with theft, possession of methamphetamine and the attempted manufacture of methamphetamine.
Police also found quantities of a white powdery substance and the tools for making methamphetamine.
Tuttle appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court on Monday and is scheduled for a pre-trial conference on Dec. 13.