Lake Station police conduct first meth lab bust

2013-12-12T00:00:00Z 2013-12-12T13:44:39Z Lake Station police conduct first meth lab bustDeborah Laverty, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223

LAKE STATION | Five people suspected of operating a methamphetamine lab were in custody Wednesday following a drug raid at a Lake Station house in the 3300 block of Arizona Street, police said.

Charges are pending but are expected to be filed today, Police Chief Kevin Garber said.

Garber said it was the first meth lab raid conducted in the city.

The drug raid was conducted at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday after a search warrant was issued for the residence, Garber said.

The raid was conducted by the Lake Station SWAT unit with the assistance of the Northwest Regional SWAT team.

During an investigation, Lake Station police conducted several undercover purchases of methamphetamine from the home.

Lake Station narcotic officers worked with investigators from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Jasper County Sheriff's Department.

Police obtained evidence the subjects were cooking the product inside the house.

During the investigation, police discovered the subjects were responsible for supplying methamphetamine to several other communities in the state, including Newton and Jasper counties.

During a search of the Lake Station house, police confirmed it was being used as a meth lab and recovered evidence indicating several batches of meth had been cooked in the house.

Among the items confiscated were methamphetamine and several electronic devices.

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