WASHINGTON, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – What started out as a simple traffic stop led to the discovery of an illegal marijuana growing operation in Daviess County, according to police.
Washington police officers attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Derrick Ebler, age 38, Wednesday when Ebler fled the scene. The pursuit ended at the Maysville Public Access parking lot where the suspect was taken into custody.
According to police, Ebler attempted to discard marijuana during the pursuit.
A search of Ebler’s residence uncovered what authorities called a “marijuana growing operation” that included approximately 145 marijuana plants, 18 handguns and 10 long guns. At least nine of the guns have been confirmed stolen, according to police.
Ebler was charged with resisting law enforcement, 13 counts of theft of a firearm, dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana, reckless driving, manufacturing hash oil and maintaining a common nuisance.
The Washington Police Department, DEA Task Force and Daviess County Sheriff’s Office.