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October 27, 2012

Two arrested in Anderson meth lab

ANDERSON, Ind. — Two Anderson men were arrested Friday night after State Police discovered an active methamphetamine lab in an Anderson home.

Robert Simpson, 30, of the 2700 block of West 12th Street, was arrested and charged with Class B felony conspiracy to manufacture meth, and Maxwell Ainsworth, 24, of Anderson, was arrested and charged with Class D felony visiting a common nuisance.

State Police Sgt. John Bowling said officers received a tip of a possible meth lab at Simpson’s West 12th Street home. Members of State Police’s Pendleton Post’s Meth Suppression Unit discovered the active lab when following up on the tip Friday around 6:30 p.m.

Two children in the home at the time were released to relatives. The investigation is ongoing with more charges possible, Bowling said.

There was no information about the age of the children or if there were any injuries.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Anderson Police Department and Madison County Child Protection Services. Meth Suppression Troopers also processed two trash labs found along roads in Delaware County Friday.

Bowling said meth labs are often found as a result of an anonymous tip from a neighbor or friend. Anyone with information about illegal drug use may call the Pendleton Post at 1-800-527-4752, or the Indiana State Police Drug Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756. Tips can be kept anonymous. The Indiana Meth Investigation System can also take tips on meth labs. Go to and click on the “Report Suspected Meth Activity” link.

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