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Cops, courts and fires

September 25, 2013

Methamphetamine found dumped behind restaurant

ANDERSON, Ind. — Madison County Drug Task Force officers found what they confirmed to be methamphetamine behind a Pizza King trash bin Tuesday night.

The substance was discovered by store employees at the Columbus Avenue location near 38th Street at about 6:30 p.m. Abbi McIntyre, a store associate, said she and four other employees walked over the substance behind the restaurant and noticed that it caught on fire when they made contact with it.

“It looked like cheese. None of us had any idea what it was,” McIntyre said.

Employees at the location said they hadn’t seen anything unusual all day, and the restaurant had been rather slow business-wise.

“It concerned us because you have something possibly combustible behind our store. It seemed like it could be dangerous,” McIntyre said.

Members of DTF field tested the substance and confirmed it to be methamphetamine, but they have no leads yet on how it got there.

“It looks like someone dumped their meth trash here. It’s pretty fresh,” said Drug Task Force Capt. Frank Sigler. “It was probably the lithium that ignited.”

Sigler said there haven’t been any major meth lab busts in the area in some time. A nearby home was the site of a major bust in 2012, but there’s no indication of any currently active labs, he said.

Responding crews cleaned the substance by spraying it away with water.


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