Tip leads to meth bust at Fort Wayne hotel

Stephen R. Knott (Photo courtesy: Allen County Sheriff's Department)
Stephen R. Knott (Photo courtesy: Allen County Sheriff's Department)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) -NewsChannel 15 has learned new details about a meth bust at a Fort Wayne hotel last week which led to three people’s arrests.

According to the affidavit for probable cause, on February 4, an anonymous caller told police that Stephen Ray Knott, 28, was at the Travel Inn located at 2712 W. Coliseum Boulevard. The caller said Knott was making and using meth at the hotel.

Police said Knott had an active warrant out for his arrest for possession of meth.

When officers arrived at the hotel, they looked at the hotel registry and saw that a room had been bought under the name Samantha Cole. Police found out Cole had bought pseudometaphine, a medication commonly used to make meth, earlier that day.

Officers said there was a strong smell coming from one of the hotel rooms. They knocked on the door and found Cole and Knott inside the room, along with a one pot meth lab and items commonly used to make meth. Brandon A. Gammons, 27, was also in the hotel room.

All three people were arrested at the scene.

Police said Knott had bought pseudometaphine medication six times in less than five months. He had been blocked once for exceeding the allowable amount in Indiana.

Knott faces the following charges:

  • Dealing Methamphetamine, a class B felony
  • Possession of Methamphetamine, a class D felony
  • Possession of Chemical Reagents or Precursors with Intent to Manufacture, a class D felony

Cole, 23, faces the following charges:

  • Manufacturing Methamphetamine
  • Possession of Two (2) or more Precursors
  • Maintaining a Common Nuisance
  • Possession of Methamphetamine

Gammons faces the following charges:

  • Manufacturing Methamphetamine
  • Possession of Two (2) or more Precursors
  • Maintaining a Common Nuisance
  • Possession of Methamphetamine
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