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Six arrested in meth bust; two kids taken for decontamination


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Six adults and two children had to be decontaminated at a local hospital after a methamphetamine lab was found in an Edinburgh home, police said.

Police arrested six people who were in the home and called the Indiana Department of Child Services to take the two children, ages 2 and 5, from the home, according to police.

Indiana State Police were called in to clean up the methamphetamine lab, and police found methamphetamine throughout the house, the report said.

Edinburgh police and Johnson County sheriff’s deputies went to the home at 647 Duncan St. at 4 p.m. Wednesday with a search warrant for drugs.

There they found a methamphetamine lab and multiple chemicals and items used to make methamphetamine, the report said. All of the people in the home were taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital to be decontaminated, the report said.

Resident Billy Ray Elliott, 47, 647 Duncan St., told police he didn’t know what many of the items were and that the chemicals were paint thinners he likes to play with. He told police he doesn’t sell methamphetamine.

He also took responsibility for whatever police found in the home, including a bag of methamphetamine, saying the other adults there had nothing to do with it, the report said.

He was arrested on two counts of dealing methamphetamine and one count each of maintaining a common nuisance, possession of drug precursors, purchasing more than 3 grams of drug precursors and possession of methamphetamine.

The children’s mother, Jacquline Mae Burton, 26, 213 Hege Ave., Columbus, told police she had been staying at the home for a few days. She said she and her children were playing video games in a bedroom, and she didn’t know that there was a methamphetamine lab in the house, the report said.

She was arrested on a charge of neglect of a dependent, reckless endangerment of an adult or child, and possession of cocaine, narcotics or methamphetamine.

Police also arrested the following people, and all were taken to the Johnson County jail:

Karan Lynatte Burton, 57, 213 Hege Ave., Columbus, on a charge of maintaining a common nuisance. She was held on $3,000 bond. She did not speak with police.

Kenna Renea Smallwood, 49, 647 Duncan St., on a charge of maintaining a common nuisance. She was held on $3,000 bond. She did not speak with police.

Daniel Joshua Wagner, 28, 4131 26th St., Columbus, on a charge of dealing in methamphetamine and possession of cocaine, narcotics or methamphetamine. He was held on $23,000 bond. Wagner told police he was in the room with Elliott while he was making methamphetamine and ran when he heard police were at the house. Police found methamphetamine in his pocket, the report said.

Timothy Lee Arrington, 52, 2824 Two Worlds Drive, Columbus, on a charge of dealing methamphetamine and visiting a common nuisance. He was held on $23,000 bond. Arrington told police he was sitting in the room with Elliott while he was making methamphetamine, the report said.

Jacquline Burton was held on $9,000 bond, and Elliott was held on $127,000 bond.

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