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Newton County police bust meth lab

Newton County police bust meth lab


FAIR OAKS | A call to a domestic disturbance Thursday ended with Newton County Sheriff's deputies busting an alleged meth lab.

In the early evening hours of Thursday, Newton County Sheriff's deputies responded to a home at 3371 E. Ind. 55 in regards to a domestic disturbance. 

When police arrived, they found Bryan Carter, 43, and Denise Carter, 43, involved in a verbal altercation, according to a press release from the sheriff's department.

During the course of the investigation, officers saw, in plain view, drug paraphernalia commonly used in the consumption and production of methamphetamine. A search warrant was obtained and executed at the residence.

Numerous precursors to methamphetamine were located on the property as well as a partial inactive lab. A test taken on scene gave presumptive positive results for methamphetamine.

Bryan and Denise Carter were arrested and transported to Newton County Jail.

"This is why police officers must remain proficient in all aspects of law enforcement training. They never know what they will come across when they respond to a routine call," said Sheriff Tom VanVleet. "Deputies Brian Runyon and Chris Wilson did a great job in identifying and ridding Newton County of this meth lab. I couldn't be more proud of their continuing efforts."

Assisting agencies included the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Team and the Newton County prosecutor's office.


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Porter County Reporter

Joyce has been a reporter for nearly 40 years, including 23 years with The Times. She's a native of Merrillville, but has lived in Portage for 39 years. She covers municipal and school government in Porter County.

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