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Starke County in Top 10 in state for meth labs discovered

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The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Unit has released the statewide numbers for meth labs dismantled in the state through July and Starke County, located in the Lowell District, has the unwanted distinction of being tied for tenth.

Twenty labs were dismantled in Starke County through the first seven months of the year.

This is the first time any county in the Lowell District (Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, Jasper, Pulaski and Starke) has made it into the top ten. Lowell’s District total for 2011 was 60 labs. The total so far this year: already 46.

“Signs to look for meth manufacturing are a strong ammonia smell, or solvent smell like an auto body shop,” the ISP said. “Look for air line type rubber tubing, ether or camp fuel cans, plastic bottles, Pseudoephedrine packages, lithium battery casings, and propane tanks with a blue or green discoloration around the valve. The chemicals are highly explosive and fumes are toxic to breath and will damage internal organs.”

Units continue to check pseudoephedrine logs at businesses, and follow up on tips received. Meth labs are frequently found as a result of an anonymous tip from a neighbor or friend. Anyone with information about illegal drug use may call the Pendleton Post at (800) 527-4752, or the Indiana State Police Drug Tip Line at (800) 453-4756. Tips can be made and kept anonymous.

The Indiana Meth Investigation System, or IMIS, can also take tips on meth labs. Just go to

 and click on the “Report Suspected Meth Activity” link.


Posted 9/10/2012