Anonymous tip leads to eight arrests in Lafayette

Mug shots courtesy the Lafayette Police Department // Top row from left to right: Thomas Land Jr, Richard Budd, Cameron Burger and Taylor Roden // Bottom row from left to right: Zachery Schulz, Ashton Vanpelt, Crystal Weigle and John Wright

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — An anonymous tip lead to eight arrests by Lafayette Police Saturday.

Around 5 p.m. Saturday police were dispatched to 24th and Albany Streets after receiving an anonymous tip about suspicious vehicles in the area.

When officers arrived, a male subject fled the scene and was later apprehended and arrested. This man was identified as Thomas Land Jr. At this location, officers located methamphetamine, synthetic cannabinoids and a handgun.

Thomas Land Jr. was charged with carrying a handgun without a license, dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, dealing in a synthetic drug, possession of a synthetic drug, possession of a controlled substance,
possession of paraphernalia and resisting law enforcement.

Further investigation led officers to the 1300 block of S. 26th St. Officers obtained probable cause and a search warrant for a residence. After serving this warrant, officers located methamphetamine, synthetic cannabinoids and drug paraphernalia. Seven subjects at this residence were arrested for various charges.

Richard Budd: Possession of methamphetamine and visiting a common nuisance.

Cameron Burger: Possession of a synthetic drug.

Taylor Roden: Possession of paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance

Zachery Shulz: Possession of methamphetamine, possession of a synthetic drug, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance

Ashton Vanpelt: Visiting a common nuisance

Crystal Weigle: Possession of methamphetamine, possession of a synthetic drug, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance

John Wright: Visiting a common nuisance

Anyone with more information about the investigation is asked to call the Lafayette Police Department or call the We-Tip Hotline at 800-78-Crime.

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