Over 3/4 Pound of Meth Seized East of Salem

Over 3/4 Pound of Meth Seized East of Salem


A Seymour couple was arrested east of Salem Monday with over 3/4 pound of Meth in their vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle identified as Charles Root, age 43 of Seymour, IN.

The passenger was identified as Shannon Root, age 40 of Seymour, IN.

The subjects were arrested and remanded to the Washington County Detention Center, and each were charged with the following: 

  • Dealing in Methamphetamine – Level 2 Felony 
  • Possession of Methamphetamine – Level 3 Felony 
  • Illegal Possession of Syringe – Level 6 Felony 
  • Maintaining a Common Nuisance – Level 6 Felony 
  • (3 COUNTS-) Possession of Level II Controlled Substance – Class A Misdemeanor 

On Monday, January 23, 2023 at approximately 11:15 a.m., Detective Brad Naugle, with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, conducted a vehicle stop on a gray 2006 Mitsubishi on Heritage Chapel Road at the intersection of State Road 56 East.

During the vehicle stop there were indicators of possible criminal activity.  

Detective Naugle requested the assistance of Captain Chad Webb and his K9 partner, Zuma, of the Salem City Police Department.

Upon arrival, Zuma was deployed and made a positive drug alert on the vehicle.

After a search of the vehicle, Detective Naugle and Captain Webb located and seized approximately 378 grams of methamphetamine (13.3 ounces), as well as paraphernalia and other controlled substances.  

Also assisting on scene were Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Tory Hildreth and Washington County Sheriff’s Process Server Mark Blackman and Indiana State Trooper, Eric Powers.