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Police: Meth lab at site of mo-ped crash


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A mo-ped crash scattered meth and meth-making ingredients on a Brown County road, and an Edinburgh man was arrested, police said.

The crash happened just before 10 a.m. Tuesday. Police found injured 46-year-old Clarence William Evans of Edinburgh and a white substance and numerous coffee filters on the road, a report said.

Evans was taken by ambulance to Columbus Regional Hospital, while officers on the scene called in troopers with the Indiana State Police meth suppression unit because they detected a strong chemical odor coming from one of two backpacks, according to a probable cause affidavit.

 

Troopers found more than three grams of a white substance known as pill dough, which is kept after producing meth to attempt to extract more meth.

Coffee filters, pill dough, plastic bottles, a pitcher containing white residue, numerous syringes, digital scales, a substance used in making paint and paint thinners, a

substance containing sulfuric acid, a glass jar with liquid that field-tested positive for meth, tubing, and a pseudoephedrine blister pack were found at the scene, the affidavit states.

Immediately after the crash, officers from the Bargersville Police Department drove up on the scene and saw Evans trying to toss a large backpack over a fence, police said.

At the hospital, police found six pseudoephedrine pills on Evans, the affidavit states. He was booked into the Brown County Jail. He is on parole for possession of precursors with intent to manufacture meth in Johnson County.

Evans was released from prison in November, according to Indiana Department of Correction records.

The Brown County Prosecutor’s Office filed charges of dealing in methamphetamine, a Class A felony; and possession of methamphetamine and possession of chemical reagents or precursors with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, Class C felonies.

He was being held on $80,000 bond.

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