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Burglary call uncovers major meth lab


Shortly before 8 p.m. on May 11, deputies from the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department and officers from the Wolcottville Police Department responded to a report of a burglary in progress at an Adams Lake residence and ended up finding an active meth lab at the residence where the burglary was taking place.

According to the police report, officers were advised that a male had entered the home on CR 620S and was seen loading items into trash bags.

Officers arrived on the scene and detained a male subject, according to the report. While officers were clearing the residence for other possible suspects, they reportedly found a substance believed to be methamphetamine laying in plain view, the report noted. Officers also reported the presence of odors associated with the manufacture of meth.

Officers learned that the property was being rented by Frankie Mullins, 44, who was picked up at his place of employment and brought to the residence.

According to the report, Mullins denied officers consent to search the residence. Officers were granted a search warrant by the LaGrange County Superior Court. Around 10 p.m., officers executed the search warrant and began to search the residence, reportedly finding a large quantity of a substance believed to be meth, along with paraphernalia associated with the consumption of meth.

Officers reportedly discovered a false cavity on the second floor of the home, which contained items deputies recognized as being associated with the manufacturing of meth.

Due to the hazardous chemicals involved, the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team was contacted to continue the search and process the scene.

Following more than five hours of processing and collecting evidence, the department reported that six active one-pot meth labs were found, along with 16 spent one-pot meth labs and 24 plastic bottles that reportedly contained acid generators used in the manufacturing process and a large quantity of items associated with the manufacture of meth.

During the search, officers reported that Marcella Mullins, 44, returned to the residence and was taken into custody by officers, based on evidence at the scene. During the arrest, Marcella was found to be in possession of coffee filters that contained material officers suspected to be meth.

Officers finished processing the scene and notified the property owner of the steps needed to clean the chemical contamination associated with the manufacturing of meth.

Frankie and Marcella Mullins were both taken to the LaGrange County Jail on preliminary charges of Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Class B Felony, Possession of Methamphetamine Over 3 Grams, a Class C Felony, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, a Class D Felony, Possession of Two or More Chemical Reagents or Precursors Associated with the Manufacturing of Methamphetamine, a Class D Felony, Possession of Marijuana, a Class A Misdemeanor, and Possession of Paraphernalia, a Class A Misdemeanor. Both were being held in the LaGrange County Jail on $41,000 bond.