Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department officers arrested three after finding an active meth lab at a residence in Star City.
Officers were contacted by a representative of Child Protective Services who received a complaint of a possible meth lab in a residence with a child present. CPS and officers arrived at the home of Kaltrina Neely and Greg Tarr and they interviewed Neely. While officers were at the residence, drug paraphernalia was reportedly found in cabinets where police could see it in plain sight. The evidence was later gathered by the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab team. Upon further questioning, police learned that Kaltrina Neely, Billy Neely and Loralie Fritz allegedly admitted to smoking methamphetamine shortly before the police arrived at the residence. Kaltrina Neely allegedly told the CPS representative that they had been cooking meth at her residence. Neely gave officers consent to search the property where an active meth lab was reportedly found in the detached garage and a burn barrel. The Indiana State Police processed the scene and removed evidence of a meth lab.
Officers also found four emaciated dogs on the property. Three dogs were not chained or held on the property. Three of the dogs were taken into custody by Animal Control Officer, Deb Tiede, and one dog wandered out into the roadway and was hit by a passing vehicle. Tiede told police that she will be filing a report of animal neglect.
Billy Neely and Kaltrina Neely were arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Posssession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors and Possession of a Syringe. Kaltrina Neely has an additional charge of Abandoned or Neglected Animals. Loralie Fritz was arrested on a preliminary charge of Visiting a Common Nuisance. This case has been forwarded to the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office for further review.