Police in North Manchester working a separate investigation ended up arresting a man for having 2.5 ounces of meth following a traffic stop in what’s being called the biggest meth bust ever in Wabash County.
At around 12:40 a.m. Thursday, officers with the North Manchester Police Department were trying to find a person when one of the officers questioned a man outside a business.
When the officer relayed the information she had gotten from the man, identified as Richard A. Farmer, 41, another officer recognized Farmer’s name and believed he had an invalid driver’s license.
After that information was confirmed, an officer saw Farmer behind the wheel of a vehicle and initiated a traffic stop.
The vehicle registration turned out to be be false and before the vehicle was towed, officers found almost 70 grams or the equivalent of 2.5 ounces of methamphetamine in 30 small bags with an estimated street value of $7,000. Marijuana, paraphernalia and cash were also found.
Farmer faces charges of dealing meth, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia in addition to being cited for not possessing a driver’s license and having false or fictitious vehicle registration.