Arrest photo of John F. Wilson, 52 of Peru

Peru, IN – John Wilson, 52 of Peru is facing charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia after a traffic stop that took place at Van Buren Avenue and Smith Street on April 15, 2019, at 6:39 p.m.

According to a PPD probable cause affidavit, Officer Brok Westfall conducted the traffic stop on a green SUV after it failed to come to a complete stop at the intersection of Lindy St. and Van Buren Ave.

The vehicle then turned onto Van Buren. The male passenger, identified as John F. Wilson, 52 of Peru looked at Officer Westfall and waived. The vehicle then disregarded another stop sign at Van Buren Avenue and Smith Streets.

Officer Westfall then activated his emergency lights and conducted the traffic stop.

The driver, whose name was redacted from the report by the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, advised Officer Westfall that his brakes did not work well and that he had to pump them to get them to work.

Officer Westfall then noted that the passenger, Mr. Wilson was visibly trembling and had labored breathing. He was also staring blankly straight ahead and would not make eye contact with Officer Westfall.

Officer Westfall asked the driver where they were headed and the driver responded they were on their way to a friend’s house but that he couldn’t remember the friend’s name.

The driver was speaking in a very low tone and Officer Westfall’s report indicated that he was not able to hear him. At this point, Officer Westfall asked the driver to step out of the vehicle. Officer Swinford stayed at the passenger side window with Mr. Wilson.

While Officer Westfall was checking the driver’s license status, PPD Sergeant Raber and her K9 partner arrived and conducted a “Free Air Sniff” around the suspect SUV. The K9 displayed a change of behavior on the vehicle indicating the presence of drugs.

While conducting a search of Mr. Wilson, Officer Swinford located a glass smoking device with a white residue in his left front pants pocket. He also located two small plastic bags that contained a crystal white powdery substance in Wilson’s coin pocket. That substance would later test positive for methamphetamine and weigh approximately .7 grams.

While searching the vehicle, Officer Swinford then located what appeared to be a mobile methamphetamine lab on the passenger side floorboard where Wilson had been seated.

The lab consisted of two plastic bottles in a yellow Doller General sack that appeared to have a mixture in it that resembled the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

At this point, a search of the vehicle was ended and the Indiana State Police was contacted to dispose of the meth lab.

Mr. Wilson was then read his Miranda warning by Officer Westfall. When asked what the white crystal powder substance was, Mr. Wilson stated it was methamphetamine. He also advised that the bottles were mobile meth labs, but they were no longer active. When asked why he still had them if they were no longer active, he stated that he was high earlier and did not think about it.

Wilson reported that he was able to get a few grams of meth from one lab. He advised officers that he makes one every time that he runs out of meth and that he will not buy meth from anyone. He advised that he only makes the meth for his own use and does not sell it.

The driver denied any knowledge or involvement in the meth lab in his vehicle. He was advised that he was free to go but that his vehicle was seized until the Indiana State Police could dispose of the meth lab. The driver was also issued two citations for disregarding two stop signs.

John F. Wilson, 52 of Peru was transported to the Miami County Jail on charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia.

The Indiana State Police disposed of the meth labs and a final search was conducted of the vehicle. Samples were taken from each lab. A coffee filter with a white powdery substance was located but the sample did not test positive as anything. The vehicle was then towed from the scene.

All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.