Police arrest two in Bloomington methamphetamine bust

Police arrested Bloomington resident Tina Hunter at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday on preliminary charges of dealing and manufacturing methamphetamine, a level-four felony.

Bloomington police detectives were following up on an ongoing drug investigation that led them to Hunter’s property on Dodds Street, BPD Captain Steve Kellams said. There, police instructed Hunter, 45, and other individuals in the house to exit and speak to officers present.

While Hunter complied, Timothy Snapp, 56, one of the other people in the house, refused to leave. The BPD’s critical response team responded by using a gassing agent in order to draw Snapp out.

“It’s part of the process,” Kellams said. “They’re highly trained and know what they’re doing.”

Kellams said the team chose to use gas to push Snapp out of the house rather than send in officers, which may have resulted in a dangerous situation for both the officers and the accused.

After leaving the house, Snapp was arrested for allegedly resisting law enforcement and for a level-five felony of dealing and manufacturing methamphetamine. Level-five felonies are classed as less serious than level four-felonies and usually result in lighter sentences.

Hunter and Snapp were booked into Monroe County Jail after the incident. Police cleared the scene at 4 a.m. Thursday morning.

Christine Fernando

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