ANDERSON, Ind. — Five people were arrested in an alleged methamphetamine lab Tuesday afternoon.
At about 4 p.m., police said they found an active cook in the basement of a home in the 400 block of Hendricks Street, on the city's near west side. Anderson Fire Department and State Police Meth Team units also had to be called to the home to bring the risk of explosion under control. Neighbors said they noticed a strong smell coming from the residence.
Drug Task Force detectives said they were tipped off to the lab when a few of the suspects were caught trying to steal batteries from a store earlier in the day. The suspects had also purchased pseudoephedrine, lye, salt, drain cleaner and Coleman fuel. All are common chemical precursors for homemade meth production.
Charges are pending on the group, said Madison County Drug Task Force Capt. Frank Sigler, but several of the people arrested have been under police surveillance for some time. One of the men arrested, Travis Colcord, lives at the residence. Two other men and two women were also taken into custody and sent to Anderson Police Department for questioning.
Sigler said the neighborhood is a hotbed for meth labs, and several have been dismantled in the same block in the past year.
Donna Goad, a 58-year-old woman who also lived in the home, said she suspected something was happening because of frequent visits from strangers.
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