The following press release was sent by the Indiana State Police to the Bloomingtonian Thursday:
“The Indiana State Police Bloomington District A.C.E.S. (Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Section) concluded a lengthy investigation with the arrest of Jason A. Thompson, 45 years old of Bedford, for dealing methamphetamine. ISP had received information that Thompson was dealing large amounts of methamphetamine in Lawrence County. A variety of investigative techniques were utilized to verify this information.
On Wednesday, February 9th, Sgt. Greg Day obtained information that Thompson was traveling to Louisville, Kentucky to purchase a large amount of methamphetamine in order to sell it upon his return to Bedford. Sgt. Day, along with ACES members Troopers Chance Humphrey, Caleb Garvin, and Ian Portteus attempted to locate Thompson. A little after 7:00 pm, Trp. Humphrey observed Thompson driving eastbound on US 50, near Limestone Run Road, in his GMC van. Thompson was exceeding the posted speed limit and a traffic stop was initiated.
During the stop, Trp. Portteus deployed his canine, Czar, who gave a positive alert to controlled substances in the van. A search of the vehicle revealed that Thompson was in possession of approximately 530 grams of methamphetamine, which is almost 1 ¼ pounds. In addition, Thompson possessed a loaded 9mm handgun along with approximately 20 grams of marijuana, THC wax, schedule 2 controlled substance pills, drug paraphernalia, several unused small plastic baggies, two sets of digital scales, and other evidence of dealing methamphetamine.
Upon completion of the traffic stop and investigation, Jason Thompson was arrested and incarcerated at the Lawrence County Jail on the following offenses,
- Dealing Methamphetamine Over 10 Grams, Level 2 Felony
- Possession of Methamphetamine Over 28 Grams, Level 3 Felony
- Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance, Class A Misdemeanor
- Possession of Marijuana, Class B Misdemeanor
- Possession of Paraphernalia, Class C Misdemeanor
Sgt. Day praised the work of his team members. He said, “I am extremely proud of the work the ACES troopers do on a daily basis, and especially on this investigation. I don’t think it can be overstated how taking more than a pound of methamphetamine off the streets benefits our community. We hope all those struggling with addiction seek the help they need, but we will always hold those dealing large amounts of illegal drugs accountable for the devastation they create amongst our friends, families, and loved ones.”
Anyone with illegal drug activity information is requested to call the Indiana State Police Bloomington Post at 812-332-4411, the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office tip line at 812-545-4700, or send an email to [email protected]. All calls are confidential.
All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.