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2 Gibson County Men Arrested on Meth, Child Exploitation Charges

Patrick Ford (L), Kevin Smith (R) // Indiana State Police

Two men from Princeton, Indiana, were arrested on multiple felony charges of Dealing Methamphetamine and Child Exploitation on Friday morning.

Posted: Mar 5, 2021 3:14 PM
Updated: Mar 5, 2021 3:47 PM

Two men were arrested in Princeton on Friday morning on multiple felony charges of Child Exploitation and dealing/possessing methamphetamine after an arrest warrant was executed by the Indiana State Police.

According to ISP, a criminal investigation into 30-year-old Patrick Ford and 60-year-old Kevin Smith began in January after a tip was received that Ford had suspicious photos on his cellphone.

During their investigation, ISP's Crimes Against Children Unit conducted a forensic exam of Ford’s cellphone. ISP says the forensic exam revealed videos and images of child pornography on Ford's phone.

ISP says further investigation revealed Smith allegedly sent videos containing child pornography to Ford’s cellphone.

On the morning of Friday, March 5 around 9:00 a.m., ISP Troopers executed arrest warrants and arrested Ford and Smith at their home without incident.

According to ISP, Troopers found approximately 26 grams of methamphetamine, a legend drug, scales, baggies, and paraphernalia during their search of the home.

Both Ford and Smith were taken to the Gibson County Jail where they are currently being held on bond. 

Ford and Smith lived together in the same home on East CR 150 South in Princeton, Indiana.


Items seized by ISP during Friday morning's search

Arrested and Charged:

30-year-old Patrick Ford of Princeton, Indiana

  1. Child Exploitation-Child Pornography under the Age of Twelve, Level 4 Felony
  2. Child Exploitation-Disseminates Child Pornography to Another Person, Level 4 Felony
  3. Child Exploitation-Possession of Child Pornography, Level 5 Felony
  4. Dealing Methamphetamine, Level 2 Felony
  5. Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Level 6 Felony

60-year-old Kevin Smith of Princeton, Indiana

  1. Child Exploitation-Child Pornography under the Age of Twelve, Level 4 Felony
  2. Child Exploitation-Disseminates Child Pornography to Another Person, Level 5 Felony
  3. Child Exploitation-Possession of Child Pornography, Level 6 Felony
  4. Dealing Methamphetamine, Level 2 Felony
  5. Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Level 6 Felony

ISP says the investigation is ongoing.


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