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ISP K-9 Assists with Meth Arrests
Henry County – A traffic stop early this morning for speeding ended up landing two New Castle men in jail for meth, with the help of an ISP K-9. Around 1:15 a.m. this morning Trooper Thomas Ratliff was north bound on SR 3 around CR 200 N. when he clocked a north bound van in front of him in excess of the 55 M.P.H. speed limit.
After stopping the vehicle and making contact with the driver, Barry Bogart, Ratliff found that he nor his passenger had a valid driver’s license. After speaking further with the men Ratliff decided to deploy his K-9 partner “Tora,” to do a walk around sniff of the outside of the vehicle. The dog indicated the presence of narcotics in the vehicle.
A search of the van by Ratliff and Henry County Deputy Mike Rossiter turned up digital scales and a baggy containing suspected Methamphetamine. Barry Bogart, age 50, was arrested and charged with Felony Possession of Methamphetamine and Maintaining a Common Nuisance, as well as Misdemeanor Possession of Paraphernalia.
His passenger Virgle Carey, age 45 of New Castle, was arrested for Felony Possession of Methamphetamine and Misdemeanor Possession of Paraphernalia. Both were lodged in the Henry County Jail.
Trooper Ratliff and “Tora” were part of an Indiana State Police K-9 class that graduated August 7th of this year. The school was 12 weeks long and consisted of daily training on drug recognition, tracking, building searches, article searches, obedience, and handler protection. Pendleton Trooper Rich Clay also graduated from the class with his partner “Yana.”
Anyone with information about illegal drug activity may call the Indiana State Police Drug Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756. Tips can be made and kept anonymous.
Press release from Indiana State Police.