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August 11, 2013

Police find 21 one pot meth labs

A Topeka man and woman are currently in police custody following their arrest late Friday evening on multiple methamphetamine-related charges.

According to Topeka police, two officers with the Topeka Police Department arrived at a residence at 215 Michigan St., Topeka, at 11 p.m. Friday to follow up on a tip that a wanted person was residing at the residence.

Upon arrival at the home, the officers reported seeing two people inside the home shaking what appeared to be a one pot meth lab. The officers also reportedly observed the occupants sitting amongst multiple meth precursors.

Due to the dangerous nature of the activity observed, the officers immediately requested assistance from the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department and the Wolcottville Police Department.

At approximately 11:30 p.m., the officers made contact with the occupants of the property, who were immediately detained. Arrested were Justin M. Harrington, 28, and April A. Bradley, 29, both of the 215 Michigan St. address.

Once the scene was secure, officers requested assistance from the Indiana State Police Meth Lab Team and submitted a request to the LaGrange County Superior Court Judge for a search warrant.

At 1:58 a.m. Saturday, a judge signed a search warrant for the property. A short time later, a search of the property began. Following approximately three hours of searching, police indicated a total of 21 one pot meth labs had been found on the property. In addition to the labs, an overwhelming amount of meth precursors, paraphernalia and toxic waste associated with the manufacturing of meth were also found throughout the property, police said.

In addition to the drug-related evidence at the scene, officers also reportedly recovered seven firearms including multiple long guns and handguns as well as several hundred rounds of ammunition.

With their arrests, both Harrington and Bradley are facing multiple charges including manufacturing/dealing meth, possession of precursors with the intent to manufacture meth, maintaining a common nuisance, illegal dumping of meth waste and possession of paraphernalia.

Theft/burglary reports

• Jeff M. Sanders, Goshen, filed a report with Goshen police at 2 p.m. Thursday indicating his green Trek Single Track 930 bicycle had been stolen from the 200 block of South Main Street.

• Carmen Alvarado, Goshen, filed a report with Goshen police at 5:11 p.m. Friday indicating a juvenile male grabber her purse and ran out the door while she was sitting inside Taco Bell, 701 W. Pike St., Goshen.

• Michael Ortiz, Goshen, filed a report with Goshen police at 4:47 p.m. Friday indicating someone used his personal information to obtain cable and phone service in California between December 2009 and the present date.

• A 13-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl were arrested by Goshen police at 6:22 p.m. Friday while at Walmart, 2304 Lincolnway E., Goshen, on charges of theft. They were released into the custody of their parents.

• Verna Hopson, 526 N. Eighth St., Goshen, filed a report with Goshen police at 3:30 p.m. Friday indicating her computer had been taken from her residence.

• Erin Disher, 30, Elkhart, and Forrest Braley, 25, Elkhart, were arrested by Goshen police at 10 p.m. Friday while at Walmart, 2304 Lincolnway E., Goshen, on multiple charges. Disher was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. Braley was arrested on charges of theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were booked into the county jail.

Alcohol/drug arrests

• Emmanuel Castillo, 20, 812 S. Eighth St., Larzo Garcia, 20, 1301 E. Reynolds St., Miguel Sandoval, 21, 1122 Michigan St., and a 17-year-old male were arrested by Goshen police at 2:20 a.m. Saturday in the 900 block of South 14th Street, Goshen, on charges of possession of marijuana. Castillo was booked into the county jail. Garcia and Sandoval were both released at the scene on memorandums to appear in court. The 17-year-old male signed a Promise To Appear and was released to a parent.

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