A man charged with possessing over 300 grams or more of methamphetamine, which resulted in one of the largest meth busts in Warren County history, will appear in Circuit Court on Wednesday, Jan. 22 in front of Judge Bart Stanley to select a plea deal or take the case to trial.
On Sept. 9, 2018, K-9 deputy Jared Jacobs observed a yellow Suzuki motorcycle being driven erratically by Dillon Alexander Meacham, 24. As Jacobs attempted to perform a traffic stop, the motorcycle fled. Jacobs discovered Meacham to have a revoked driver’s license with a prior conviction in Van Buren County.
Four days later, Jacobs and other investigators with the Warren County Sheriff’s Department went to a location on Yankee Street after identifying a motorcycle connected with the pursuit. Jacobs and investigator Steven Carpenter made contact with Meacham and Christina Faith Price in the back bedroom of the residence.
The arrest warrant states a bag of marijuana, a yellow crushed pharmaceutical drug, an empty plastic bag and a set of scales were in plain view of the officers.
Consent was denied to look for additional items, and a search warrant was obtained from the District Attorney’s Office. During the search, a safe with approximately 3.6 pounds of methamphetamine was located approximately five feet from the bed where the two subjects were located.
“The substance was confirmed to be methamphetamine,” says deputy Jacobs. “This is the second or third largest meth bust we’ve experienced in Warren County, but it’s the largest I’ve personally been a part of.”
In a backpack, a small amount of a green leafy substance and an additional quarter of an ounce of methamphetamine were located. Two firearms were discovered in a nightstand. One of the firearms was a loaded five-shot Taurus .38 special revolver which was reported to be stolen out of Coffee County.
Meacham was arrested and transported to Warren County Sheriff’s Department on Sept. 13, 2018 on charges of evading arrest with a vehicle, second offense driving while license revoked, possession of 300 grams or more of meth, possession of a firearm with intent to go armed during a dangerous felony, theft of up to $1,000 and three counts of simple possession or casual exchange for hydrocodone, oxycodone and marijuana.
“We’re very proud and happy to have gotten this large amount of a highly addictive substance off the streets,” says Jacobs.
Meacham is currently in federal custody and represented by attorney Daniel Barnes.
“This is why we do what we do,” adds Jacobs. “We work hard to stop these drugs and dangerous items from being sold to the public and causing vast damage to young people in this community.”