Suspected meth lab busted

2011-03-29T00:00:00Z Suspected meth lab bustedBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
March 29, 2011 12:00 am  • 

A Rensselaer woman is being held on warrant after a raid at her home revealed a suspected meth lab Sunday night.

According to Jasper County Sheriff's Department, officers arrived at 7:52 p.m. Sunday to serve a conversion warrant out of Porter County to Janet Clemons, 39, of County Road 250 East.

When officers arrived, police said, Clemons allegedly refused to open the door. When officers forced themselves into the home, they allegedly discovered a smoky haze and burned their skin, eyes and throat.

After taking Clemons into custody, authorities called Medaryville fire rescue unit which cleared the residents and secured it to ensure there was no immediate risk of fire or explosion.

Jasper County authorities obtained a search warrant for the home and were joined by the Indiana State Police clandestine lab team.

Investigators remained on scene until 12:50 a.m. Monday. According to investigators, evidence gathered at the scene revealed  methamphetamine product, containers and other bi-products associated with an active meth lab.

Officials said the smoke officers encountered when they entered the home was from lithium batter strips.

Clemons is being held on the conversion warrant from Porter County as well as charges of resisting law enforcement. Authorities said drug charges are pending stemming from the evidence uncovered from the search warrant.

Charges against other individuals in connection with the discovery of the suspected meth lab may be forthcoming, authorities said.

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