Indiana State Police and Washington County Sheriff’s Office officers conducted a joint investigation into a marijuana growing operation at a residence on McKinley Road in Washington County Aug. 13.
“Marijuana, weapons and potentially explosive devices were located on the property. One suspect was arrested at the scene while one suspect remains at large,” reported ISP Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, Versailles District public information officer.
The investigation began when officers went to the Campbellsburg residence after receiving information that a marijuana grow operation was located there. They made contact with Lewis Steward, 47, who lives in the home. Officers obtained enough information to apply for a search warrant of the property.
Upon serving the warrant, they located about 113 marijuana plants in a building’s hidden room along with numerous other items indicative of an active marijuana growing operation. Officers additionally located numerous firearms and evidence that explosive devices were being manufactured at the residence.
Heather Voyles, 31, was arrested at the scene on charges of dealing marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, manufacturing a destructive device, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, neglect of a dependent and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Steward, however, left the property prior to officers returning with the search warrant. On Aug. 16, a warrant was issued for Steward. He faces charges of violent felon in possession of a firearm, contributing to the delinquency of a Minor, manufacturing and distribution of a destructive device, neglect of a dependent, maintaining a common nuisance, dealing marijuana and possession of marijuana.
The police are asking for the public’s help in locating Steward. If anyone knows the whereabouts of the suspect, they are urged to call 812-248-4378 or 812-246-5424. Callers may remain anonymous.
The Indiana State Police would like to remind those individuals who choose to hide Steward that they will likely face criminal charges for assisting a criminal.