False abduction report leads to 3 drug-related arrests

JASPER COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Three people have been arrested on drug-related charges after authorities find a report of a man being abducted to be false.

According to 24-Hour News 8 sister station, WLFI, on Christmas Eve around 3:15 a.m., Jasper County Sheriff’s Office were requested to assist Indiana State Police in attempting to locate a red Chevy Monte Carlo where someone was reported as being forced inside. A short while later, ISP stopped the Monte Carlo while it was exiting Interstate 65 at State Road 10.

Sheriff’s deputies said the driver, 22-year-old Dacia Bigbie of Rensselaer, showed signs of impairment and failed a field sobriety test which included an oral sample that tested positive for methamphetamine and opiates.

Two other occupants were found to be in the car — 30-year-old Ryan Hornbeck and 48-year-old Thomas Camp Jr., both of Rensselaer. Bigbie told police they asked for a ride to Merrillville, but she did not know their names or the reason for the ride. Police said Bigbie also admitted to witnessing several items used in manufacturing meth at Camp’s house prior to the ride.

Officers said they saw Hornbeck throw something into the back seat of the vehicle that was identified as ephedrine, a known precursor in meth production. They also allegedly found a bag containing marijuana in his pocket.

Camp admitted to officers that his vehicle was at a truck stop, off State Road 10, and consented to a search. They allegedly found a clear glass vile containing meth. A search at his home was then conducted, where other evidence was collected.

All three were taken in to custody and booked into the Jasper County Jail.

Bigbie was preliminarily charged with operating while intoxicated and possession of drug precursors. She is currently being held on a probation hold.

Hornbeck was preliminarily charged with possession of drug precursors, possession of precursors by methamphetamine offender and possession of marijuana. He is currently being held on a $12,000 surety bond or $1,200 cash.

Camp was preliminarily charged with possession of drug precursors and possession of meth. He is currently being held on a $12,000 surety bond or $1,200 cash.

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