COLUMBUS, Indiana — Indiana State Police arrested a local man after finding a meth lab, a marijuana-growing operation and improvised explosive devices at a residence west of Columbus.

Indiana State Police troopers went to 7650 W. State Road 46 at 6 p.m. Thursday to serve a search warrant after receiving information about illegal drug activity at the residence, said Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, Indiana State Police spokesman.

While serving the warrant, troopers located an operational methamphetamine lab, a marijuana-growing operation, about an ounce of methamphetamine, five grams of heroin, 25 pounds of marijuana, 10 pounds of pseudoephedrine and more than 75 firearms and ammunition. The troopers also found eight improvised explosive devices.

Gregory A. Traylor
Gregory A. Traylor

Gregory A. Traylor, 59, who owns the residence and lives there, was arrested on preliminary charges of:

  • Manufacturing methamphetamine
  • Possession of methamphetamine,
  • Dealing in a narcotic drug
  • Possession of a narcotic drug
  • Maintaining a common nuisance
  • Dealing in marijuana
  • Cultivating marijuana
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of methamphetamine precursors with intent to manufacture
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of a destructive device
Confiscated marijuana is shown at a home at 7650 W. State Road 46 where Indiana State Police served a search warrant Thursday night. Photo provided
Confiscated marijuana is shown at a home at 7650 W. State Road 46 where Indiana State Police served a search warrant Thursday night.
Photo provided

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