On August 22, 2016 Deputy Trevor
Comer of the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office and Patrolman Travis
Cook of the Batesville Police Department investigated and observed a
white Chrysler Sebring traveling in the Batesville City limits that
did bear a False and Fictitious license plate. Both Officers
observed the suspicious vehicle in the area of “Huck’s” gas station
located along East Pearl Street in Batesville at approximately 3:43
Deputy Comer learned the license plate returned to a blue Buick
passenger vehicle which prompted him to initiate a traffic stop on
the vehicle as it traveled eastbound East Pearl Street near the
intersection Prairie Avenue. Deputy Comer activated his emergency
equipment and the front seat passenger of the vehicle, later
identified as Trevor McConnell of Osgood, began to discard items
from his window. The vehicle continued on several hundred feet
before coming to a stop.
Patrolman Cook assisted Deputy Comer with the traffic stop where
upon they were able to detain the female driver and Trevor
McConnell. A large section of East Pearl Street was blocked off
several minutes to allow Deputy Comer to retrieve the items
discarded from the vehicle. Some of those items collected were later
determined to be bags of “Methamphetamine.”
Trevor McConnell, 27 years of age, was arrested for the criminal
charge Possession of Methamphetamine, a Level 6 Felony.
Detective Sergeant Blake Roope of the Batesville Police Department
used various resources as well as information related to the traffic
stop to obtain search warrants for an apartment at McNair Manor
Apartments in Batesville and a room at the Motel Highway 46 Inn Room
in New Point.
Search warrants were executed that same day by the Batesville Police
Department, Ripley County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police,
and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office.
The search warrants fo r both locations revealed additional items of
evidence related to drug offenses which lead to two additional
arrests. Garrett Fuller, 26 years of age, of Batesville was arrested
for the criminal charges of “Maintaining a Common Nuisance” and
“Possession of a Hypodermic Needle” both Level 6 Felonies. Michael
Struckman, 31 years of age, of Milan was arrested for the criminal
charges of “”Possession of Methamphetamine” and “Possession of a
Hypodermic Needle” both Level 6 Felonies.
All suspects arrested were transported to the Ripley County Jail for
processing. Additional charges may be considered upon a review of
facts by the Ripley County Prosecutor’s Office.
All suspects have a legal presumptive of innocence until proven