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March 14, 2012

Police call meth bust one of Anderson's largest ever

Man admits kids were in home as drug was made

ANDERSON, Ind. — The Madison County Drug Task Force arrested two men on Wednesday on suspicion of manufacturing and dealing methamphetamine.

Steven Lane Jr., 32, and Joshua Webb, 28, were arrested after police received anonymous tips they were cooking meth inside Lane’s home in the 200 block of East 38th Street.

According to police spokesman Detective Joel Sandefur, members of the task force were calling the bust one of the largest ever in the city based on the amount of meth production equipment and ingredients discovered.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, after receiving the tips, officers discovered that Lane, Webb, and Lane’s wife, Amber, had recently purchased pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient of the drug.

Officers went to Lane’s home, and found him sitting in a car parked behind the residence. Lane was asked to exit the vehicle, at which time an officer saw Lane drop a glass pipe on the ground. He later admitted to police to using the pipe to smoke meth, Sandefur said.

Lane was handcuffed and he told the officers that Webb was inside the residence watching Lane’s two children, ages 2 and 4.

The officers approached the house and noticed a “strong chemical odor,” which one of the officers identified as a meth lab.

Out of concern for the safety of the children, the officers ordered them out of the home.

A search of the residence uncovered eight common ingredients used in the production of meth.

In interviews with police, Lane and Webb reportedly admitted that Webb supplied pseudoephedrine to Lane in exchange for meth. Lane said he was aware that he had meth ingredients in his home and that children were inside the home when the drug was being used, Sandefur said.

Lane denied manufacturing the drug but allowed others to do so inside the residence. He also said his wife stopped purchasing pseudoephedrine after she discovered what it was being used for.

Lane and Webb were transported to the Madison County Jail and were being held on $35,000 bonds. Lane was held on suspicion of dealing and possession of meth, illegal drug lab and neglect of a dependent. Webb was held on a preliminary count of aiding or inducing a crime.

Contact Sam Brattain: 640-4883,

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