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January 30, 2013

Meth lab raided yards from police station

FRANKTON, Ind. — Drug task force officers arrested a man on suspicion of manufacturing methamphetamine just a few yards from the Frankton Police Station and Fire Department.

David J. Stapleton, 28, of Frankton, was found with pseudoephedrine, solvents, stripped batteries, sulfuric acid, ammonium nitrate and other materials used to cook meth in his father’s home in the 100 block of Lafayette Street, a short walk from the Frankton Police Station, Fire Department and public library, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Drug task force officers were tipped off to Stapleton’s alleged production after he tried to buy pseudoephedrine earlier in the week and was blocked. Stapleton has been blocked from buying meth precursors six times in the past year, according to the affidavit.

After officers questioned Stapleton about the strong chemical smell coming from the home, he allegedly told them he was an addict and that he only uses meth and doesn’t cook it. He told police he helps purchase items for other people who make meth, according to the report.

DTF officers saw several vehicles stop by Stapleton’s home and drop off supplies before the raid, according to the report.

Stapleton’s father told police he’s thrown out meth-cooking materials in the trash in the past, according to the affidavit.

Stapleton faces felony charges of manufacturing meth, maintaining an illegal drug lab and maintaining a common nuisance, police said.

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