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Meth Lab Bust in Topeka

At approximately 11 p.m. on Aug. 10, two officers from the Topeka Police Department arrived at 215 Michigan St. in Topeka to follow up on a tip that a wanted person was allegedly at the residence.

As the officers prepared to make contact with the tenants at the property, they observed two subjects through an open window shaking what they believed to be a one-pot methamphetamine lab. The officers also observed these individuals sitting amongst multiple methamphetamine precursors.

Due to the dangerous nature of the activity that they had seen, the Topeka officers immediately requested assistance from the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department and the Wolcottville Police Department.

At approximately 11:30 p.m., officers made contact with the occupants of the property, who were immediately detained, and secured the property.

Once the scene was under control and it was determined that no other persons besides the detained were present on the property, officers requested assistance from the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Lab Team and submitted a request to the LaGrange County Superior Court Judge for a search warrant.

Shortly before 2 a.m. Superior Court Judge George Brown signed a search warrant for the property.

A short time later a methodical search of the property began. This search lasted nearly three hours and resulted in the discovery of 21 one-pot methamphetamine labs. There were both active and inactive labs located throughout the property as well as an overwhelming amount of methamphetamine precursors, paraphernalia, and toxic waste associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

In addition to all of the methamphetamine evidence recovered, officers also recovered a total of seven firearms that included multiple long guns and handguns. A loaded small caliber handgun, a Tec-9 9mm handgun, an assault-style rifle, and several hundred rounds of ammunition were located with an active methamphetamine lab.

Two people located at the residence were arrested and taken to the LaGrange County Jail:

Justin M. Harrington, 28, of Topeka is charged with of Manufacturing/Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors with the Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Illegal Dumping of Methamphetamine Waste, and Possession of Paraphernalia

April A. Bradley, 29, of Topeka is charged with Manufacturing/Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors with the Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Illegal Dumping of Methamphetamine Waste, and Possession of Paraphernalia.

Assisting the Topeka Police Department was the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Lab Team, LaGrange County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Wolcottville Police Department.