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March 24, 2014

Residents arrested on meth charges

Police say suspects attempted unsuccessfully to make the drug.

PERU — A Sunday morning traffic stop by Indiana State Police Sgt. T.J. Zeiser led to the arrests of Peter Buffington, 22, Peru, and a 17-year-old Peru girl.

At 3 a.m., Zeiser initiated a traffic stop on a Saturn car traveling west on Main Street in Peru, near Fremont Street, at 34 mph in a posted 25-mph zone. While speaking with the driver, the 17-year-old female, Zeiser smelled a chemical odor emitting from the vehicle, according to police.

Having served nine years on the Indiana State Police Clandestine Laboratory Team, Zeiser recognized the chemical odor as being associated with the production of methamphetamine, according to police reports.

During a search of the vehicle, officers say they found meth along with chemicals and items associated with the manufacturing of meth. Further investigation revealed that prior to the traffic stop, the pair had been at a Miami County campground where they tried to make methamphetamine inside of a camper, police say. Unable to correct the formula, they packed up and left the campground, according to police.

Zeiser was assisted during the traffic stop by Trooper Wendell Beachy, Trooper Adam Duffitt, and Peru Police Officer Jason Ballard.

Buffington was incarcerated in 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.

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