Man, teen arrested on meth charges after traffic stop

PERU, Ind. (WISH) – Two Peru residents, ages 22 and 17, were arrested over the weekend after police made a traffic stop and found meth in the vehicle.

According to a release, an Indiana State Police sergeant stopped a vehicle that was going 34 mph in a 25 mph zone, near Main and Fremont streets, around 3 a.m. Sunday.

While talking with the driver, a 17-year-old girl, the officer smelled a chemical odor coming from the car. The girl and her passenger, 22-year-old Peter Buffington, exited the vehicle.

After searching the car, officers found meth, along with chemicals and items associated with manufacturing meth. Officers later learned that the pair had been at a Miami County campground, where they tried to make meth inside of a camper, but couldn’t get the formula right, so they packed up and left.

Buffington was taken to the Miami County Jail to face felony charges for possession of methamphetamine, possession of chemical precursors, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The 17-year-old girl was transported to a juvenile holding facility in Lafayette. She faces felony charges for possession of chemical precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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