Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 22, 2014

Tip leads police to State Street drug house

Two charged after police find methamphetamine

By Scott Smith Kokomo Tribune
Kokomo Tribune

---- — Kokomo police said an anonymous tip led them to a meth dealing operation last week, resulting in two arrests and the seizure of around $15,000 worth of illegal drugs.

Todd E. French, 47, and Shanyn Y. Stanley, 42, were taken into custody in separate arrests after police searched the home where both lived.

In court documents, narcotics detectives said they staked out the house, in the 1100 block of East State Street, after their source indicated drugs were being sold there.

On April 14, detectives saw French and Stanley leave the house and get into a white Pontiac Grand Am. Police said they made a traffic stop and used a drug dog to sniff around the car after the driver, French, made two turn signal violations.

Inside the car, officers said they found 8.5 grams of methamphetamine and they arrested French on the spot. They then applied for a warrant to have the dog sniff around the door of the house on East State Street. When the dog “alerted” for the presence of drugs, the police got another warrant to search the inside of the home.

Police said they eventually seized 102.8 grams of methamphetamine, valued at $15,300, some of it packaged for sale in small quantities, along with scales and a small number of pills.

Stanley was arrested Thursday and formally charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a common nuisance and neglect of a dependent. Police said Stanley’s 7-year-old daughter was living in the home. French faces a felony charge of dealing methamphetamine.

Both Stanley and French were still at the Howard County Jail early Monday afternoon, with bail for both set at $75,000, 10 percent allowed.

Scott Smith is on Twitter, @JasonSSmith1, and can be reached at 765-454-8569.