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February 11, 2014

Three arrested, five children found in meth lab in Elwood

ELWOOD, Ind. —

 Five children were found in a home allegedly being used to cook methamphetamine on Monday night.

Police arrested three people believed to be involved in the meth-making operation at two locations in Elwood. Christian Morgan, 18; Myles Owens, 23; and Justin Short, 30, all of Elwood, face charges in connection with the lab bust.

According to a probable cause affidavit of the incident, Madison County Drug Task Force detectives were tipped off on Monday that Morgan had been cooking meth at a home in the 1500 block of North H Street. When they arrived at the home about 10 p.m., the homeowner invited them in and allowed them to search the house, where they found meth-making precursors, or ingredients, like Coleman fuel. Detectives also obtained permission to search trash bags, where they found plastic bags filled with meth, empty boxes of pseudoephedrine pills and other precursors.

Owens, who lives at the home, admitted in an interview with police that he had cooked meth in the house at least three or four times, according to the affidavit. He most recently cooked three weeks ago, when a lab he was cooking blew up and burned his neck and chin. He also told police that Morgan had cooked meth at least four or five times in the house. Short, who was also living at the home, reportedly admitted he had bought pseudoephedrine for Morgan in the past but told police he didn't know what it was being used for.

Owens, Short and the homeowner told police that Morgan could be found at an apartment near the intersection of South A Street and 16th Street. Police brought Morgan in for questioning to the Elwood Police Department, where he allegedly admitted to manufacturing meth in the H Street home several times, and to stealing a cold compress from the Dollar General in Elwood about a month ago.

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