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21 meth labs busted in LaGrange County, Indiana

Topeka, IN meth bust
Topeka, IN meth bust

TOPEKA, IN (WTVB)- A wanted person investigation turned into large scale methamphetamine investigation for the Topeka Police Department in LaGrange County, Indiana Friday. According to a release from police, at approximately 11:00 pm two officers from the Topeka Police Department arrived at 215 Michigan Street in Topeka to follow up on a tip that alleged that a wanted person was residing at the residence.

As the officers prepared to make contact with the tenants at the property, they observed two subjects through an open window shaking what they believed to be a one pot methamphetamine lab. These officers also observed these individuals sitting amongst multiple methamphetamine precursors.

 Due to the dangerous nature of the activity that they had seen the Topeka officers immediately requested assistance from the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department, and the Wolcottville Police Department.

 At approximately 1130 pm officers made contact with the occupants of the property, they were immediately detained, and the property was secured.

 Once the scene was under control and it was determined that no other persons besides the detained were present on the property, officers requested assistance from the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Lab Team and submitted a request to the LaGrange County Superior Court Judge for a search warrant.

At 1:58 am on August 10th the Superior Court Judge signed a search warrant for the above mentioned property.

A short time later a methodical search of the property began. This search lasted nearly three hours and resulted in the discovery of twenty-one (21) one pot methamphetamine labs. There were both active and inactive labs located throughout the property as well as an overwhelming amount of methamphetamine precursors, paraphernalia, and toxic waste associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

In addition to all of the methamphetamine evidence recovered officers also recovered a total of seven firearms that included multiple long guns and handguns. A loaded small caliber handgun, a Tec-9 9mm handgun, and an assault style rifle, and several hundred rounds of ammunition were located with an active methamphetamine lab.

 Arrested:

 Justtin M. Harrington 04/1985 215 Michigan Street Topeka

 -Manufacturing/Dealing Methamphetamine

-Possession of Precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine

-Maintaining a Common Nuisance

-Illegal Dumping of methamphetamine waste

-Possession of Paraphernalia

 April A. Bradley 05/1984 215 Michigan Street Topeka

 -Manufacturing/Dealing Methamphetamine

-Possession of Precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine

-Maintaining a Common Nuisance

-Illegal Dumping of methamphetamine waste

-Possession of Paraphernalia

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