A Washington, Indiana man was arrested yesterday for possessing methamphetamine and other narcotics after trying to sneak around a State Trooper and dispose of the drugs.
Around 1:10 P.M. yesterday, Senior Trooper Jarrod Lents pulled into the Marathon gas station parking lot in Loogootee. Lents observed a male walking away from the property, but continuing to watch Lents.

Lents observed the male continue to watch him, until the male suddenly sprinted behind a parked semi trailer. Lents could see the male bend down under the trailer, stand back up, and sprint back to his original location.

Concerned that the activity was suspicious, Lents approached the man who identified himself as Joseph P. Smith, 55, Washington.

Lents walked with Smith back to the semi trailer, where Lents found a pill bottle that Smith hid containing methamphetamine, hydrocodone, and marijuana.

Smith was arrested and lodged without incident in the Martin County Jail.

Arrested and Charges:
Joseph P. Smith, 55
1106 East National Highway, Washington, IN
– Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 6 Felony
– Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Class A Misdemeanor
– Possession of Marijuana, Class B Misdemeanor