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Meth lab bust at White Castle

The White Castle at the corner of 37th Avenue and Hobart Road in Hobart is closed off with tape after police investigated a suspected "one pot" methamphetamine lab inside the restaurant.

HOBART — Police took at least one person into custody Friday as they investigated a suspected "one pot" methamphetamine lab inside a fast-food restaurant, an official said.

Indiana State Police responded to the White Castle at 7996 E. Ridge Road to safeguard and test the chemicals, Hobart police Lt. James Gonzales said.

Several people may have been involved, including one person who was sitting at a booth inside the restaurant, he said. 

Hobart police could not be reached for additional comment Friday night.

Jamie Richardson, vice president at White Castle, issued a statement Friday night.  

“We are proud of our White Castle team members who quickly alerted local authorities about a suspicious customer, and thankful for the Hobart Police department’s rapid response. We are grateful to be part of a community where everyone looks out for one another, and works together to keep our neighborhoods safe," the statement read.

This is not the first time authorities have responded to a Region restaurant for suspected drug activity.

In November, a customer at Broad Street Gyros in Griffith called 911 when she found a bag of cocaine in her take-home cheese stick order.

The restaurant owner, Carrie Demoff, 49, of Griffith, pleaded not guilty last month in connection with the incident. She’s been charged with attempted dealing in cocaine, possession of cocaine and maintaining a common nuisance.

In May, state police raided the El Sombrero bar and an upstairs apartment in East Chicago on suspicion cocaine sales were taking place inside. The yearlong investigation began with a resident’s complaint and ended with the arrest of two people and the seizure of 35 bags of cocaine and paraphernalia.

Check back at nwi.com for updates to this story.

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