Meth labs seized; 4 charged

Sheriff’s deputies looking for a felon in northeast Indiana ended up with four people in custody, all accused of making methamphetamine.

LaGrange County deputies were attempting to find the wanted man at a residence north of Lake of the Woods in rural LaGrange County on Sunday and were met by a man later identified as Jeremy Combs, 24, of Hudson.

The sheriff’s department said Combs was leaving the residence and was carrying a large straight-blade knife, so he was patted down. A one-pot meth lab and items commonly used to make meth were found in his coat pocket, the sheriff’s department said in a statement issued Monday.

It said deputies could smell meth-related odors coming out of the house, so they went inside to detain anyone there until a search warrant could be approved.

Police said residents of the home, Alfred Lackey, 53, and Mary Gose, 48, and Derrick Lackey, 22, of Hudson, were in the residence, but that Alfred Lackey tried to get out through a back bedroom and threw a one-pot meth lab out a window.

Officers reported finding other items in the residence associated with making and using methamphetamine.

All four were charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of precursors, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of marijuana. No bond amount was immediately available.

The Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team was called to process the hazardous chemicals.