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Evansville Men Arrested After Meth and Synthetic Drugs Found in Traffic Stop: ISP

Christopher Byrley (L), Joseph Schlumpf (R)

The Indiana State Police says two Evansville men were arrested on Friday after synthetic cannabinoids and methamphetamine were found during a traffic stop.

Posted: Jul 9, 2021 10:03 AM
Updated: Jul 9, 2021 10:14 AM

The Indiana State Police says two Evansville men were arrested on Friday after synthetic cannabinoids and methamphetamine were found during a traffic stop.

The incident took place just before 1:00 a.m. on Friday morning when ISP Trooper Hurley stopped the driver of a Ford Explorer in Gibson County for having a suspended status, according to ISP.

ISP says the driver of that truck was identified as 24-year-old Joseph E. Schlumpf of Evansville, and that the passenger was identified as 21-year-old Christopher Byrley of Evansville.

While talking to the driver, ISP says the Trooper saw a large plastic bag that contained suspected synthetic cannabinoids in a pocket located in the back of the driver's seat.

ISP says that during a search of the vehicle, Troopers found two more bags of the suspected synthetic cannabinoids in addition to two glass smoking devices in the center console.

According to ISP, Troopers also found a backpack that contained two small cellophane wrappers containing two small crystal-like rocks that later tested positive for methamphetamine.

ISP says further investigation revealed Byrley was wanted out of Vanderburgh County for a petition to revoke probation on a previous burglary charge. Schlumpf and Byrley were transported to the Gibson County Jail where they are currently being held without bond.

Arrested and Charged:

Joseph Schlumpf, 24, Evansville, IN

  • Dealing in Schedule I Drug, Level 3 Felony
  • Possession of Meth, Level 6 Felony
  • Possession of a Schedule I Drug, Class A Misdemeanor
  • Possession of Paraphernalia, Class C Misdemeanor
  • Driving While Suspended, Class A Misdemeanor

Christopher Byrley, 21, Evansville, IN

  • Possession of Schedule I Drug, Class A Misdemeanor
  • Petition to Revoke Probation Warrant (Vanderburgh County)

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