By Sabrina Westfall
Two Lawrence County men and a Decker woman were arrested Monday on charges involving methamphetamine and explosive devices.
According to a press release issued by the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, information was received from the Vincennes Police Department that stolen property from a burglary in Vincennes had been taken to a residence in Decker.
KCSD deputies arrived at the Oak Street residence in Decker just before 8 p.m., and police made contact with Amber Nicole Nunley. While speaking with Nunley, neighbors informed police that a male fled from the residence.
Police chased down the male, later identified as Wesley William Pride, Sr, 33, of Lawrenceville, and he was located at the old Decker School building. He was taken into custody by officers and is being held at Knox County Jail.
After locating Pride, officers continued the investigation at the Oak Street residence, where they allegedly could see items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine in the house. When asked if deputies could search the residence, Nunley denied the request.
A search warrant was later granted by the Knox County Superior Court at 10:31 p.m., and deputies returned to the home.
While searching the residence, a male was located hiding under a pile of clothes in the closet of the home. The male, identified as Christopher Ryan Smith, 27, of Lawrenceville, was arrested and transported to Knox County Jail.
The search of the home resulted in the location of active methamphetamine labs, finished methamphetamine product and several items of drug paraphernalia. The Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab was called to the scene to dispose of hazardous chemicals.
In addition, deputies located two incendiary (explosive) devices on the scene. The Indiana State Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team was called to the scene, and had the devices disabled by 2 a.m.
Troopers were on scene until 6:50 a.m. Tuesday.
Nunley, 25 of Decker, was arrested on preliminary charges of Destructive Devices, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, and Public Intoxication. Bond set at $25,000.
Pride was arrested on charges of of Destructive Devices, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, and Public Intoxication. Bond set at $25,000.
Smith was arrested on preliminary charges Destructive Devices and Manufacturing Methamphetamine. He also had an active warrant in Knox County. No bond set pending an initial hearing.
As of Wednesday afternoon, initial hearings had not been scheduled in Knox County Superior Court I.