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February 6, 2013

Police: Anderson man arrested in ‘meth house’ investigation

ANDERSON, Ind. — The man arrested Tuesday night in connection with a large “meth house” dismantled last month is the brother of a man already in custody for allegedly selling methamphetamine.

Joshua D. Symon, 23, turned himself in to Indiana State Police Trooper Skyler Whittington after a nearly monthlong investigation into Symon’s alleged involvement in a meth lab state police raided on Jan. 11 in the 200 block of East 15th Street, Whittington said.

Whittington said the state police Meth Suppression Team put considerable pressure on Symon’s social circle in an effort to track him down.

“We researched pseudoephedrine logs from pharmacies, got in contact with people with knowledge of the address,” Whittington said. “We did a lot of legwork tying people together, and there were a lot of people connected to him (Symon).”

Part of the case included investigating Thomas A. Symon, Joshua’s brother, who was arrested Jan. 14 and faces a charge of dealing meth, Whittington said. He said Thomas admitted to his involvement in the lab on 15th Street, and that led troopers to suspect Joshua.

“From what we know, we think [Symon] had been squatting at homes, leaving [meth-producing materials] at people’s houses,” Whittington said. “Eventually, we knew he was in Anderson. He’d been encouraging people he’s been in contact with to tell us he’d left town, but we knew he was here.”

Whittington said Symon called him Tuesday night and agreed to turn himself in.

Police suspect both Symon brothers of maintaining the meth house in the abandoned house on 15th Street, where they found 21 separate labs in various stages and chemicals used to make meth.

At the time, police said the amount of explosive and toxic chemicals in the house jeopardized other neighboring homes. Police spent nearly six hours dismantling the labs and removing the dangerous substances.

Whittington said he believes the Symons maintained the lab, but didn’t rule out that they might have had accomplices.

“There are upward of 20 people who we’re going to continue to look at,” Whittington said. “With the amount of chemicals we found, we can make assumptions, but we’ve determined that [meth producing at the lab] had been going on for a while.”

State police advise the public to look out for meth manufacturing. Signs include a strong ammonia smell or solvent smell like an auto body shop. Look for airline-type rubber tubing, ether or camp fuel cans, plastic bottles, Pseudoephedrine packages, lithium battery casings and propane tanks with a blue or green discoloration around the valve. The chemicals are highly explosive and fumes are toxic to breathe and will damage internal organs.

Reporter Stuart Hirsch contributed to this story.

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