The Herald Bulletin

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Cops, courts and fires

October 13, 2011

Meth bust in Elwood

ELWOOD, Ind. — Four people were being held at the Madison County Jail on Thursday night, following a drug bust Wednesday.

Anthony Galloway, 23, and Brooke Badger, 24, both of Elwood, and Kyle McCool, 24, and Shawn Bowers, 26, both of Windfall, were arrested at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday in the 2700 block of South A Street.

According to Elwood police Detective Scott Bertram, police received an anonymous tip that people were cooking methamphetamine at the residence. The caller told police that they would try to mask the odor of their lab by lighting a fire.

Wednesday night, officers noticed a 10-foot fire in the back of the residence 6 feet from the garage. They also noticed McCool and Galloway enter the garage. Fearing the fire’s proximity to a possible meth lab, and the fact that it was directly under a tree, Bertram said, officers approached McCool and Galloway.

Bertram said officers could smell the odor of methamphetamine coming from inside the garage. During a patdown of McCool, officers found two syringes and lithium batteries, commonly used in the production of meth.

Inside the garage, officers found a 32-ounce plastic bottle, which contained a white powdery substance. The substance later tested positive for meth. Bertram said the lab was a “shake and bake” style meth lab.

McCool admitted to police that he had been producing meth, and that he was just about to strip the batteries for lithium, Bertram said.

Bertram said police then called McCool’s parents, who owned the home, and got permission to search inside the residence. Bertram said the homeowners no longer lived at the residence, and were in the process of selling it. They said they had asked McCool to look after it.

During the search of the residence, officers found several syringes, spoons with residue on them, and digital scales. Badger and Bowers were also inside the residence. Bertram said Badger admitted to buying pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture meth, but Bowers initially denied having any involvement. Bowers was later implicated by McCool and Galloway, and admitted to also purchasing pseudoephedrine. Bowers claimed he did not know what McCool and Galloway were doing in the garage. He was arrested on a charge of illegal drug lab, a Class D felony, while the other three were arrested on charges of dealing methamphetamine, all Class B felonies.

“Arresting anyone is a big deal, it’s a big deal with so many meth labs in the community, but there’s more work to do,” Bertram said.

Contact Sam Brattain: 640-4883, sam.brattain@heraldbulletin.com

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