MUNCIE — Two people were arrested Tuesday after police raided a southside Muncie home and reportedly found an active methamphetamine lab.
Officers were called to a home in the 2700 block of South Hoyt Avenue about 3:35 p.m. Tuesday after an “overwhelming chemical smell” was reported, according to emergency dispatch traffic.
Arrested was Ronald Lee Swift, 46, 2732 S. Hoyt Ave., who is preliminarily charged with manufacturing meth, possession of drug precursors and maintaining a common nuisance, according to Indiana State Police Trooper Nate Raney.
Swift was one of two people detained for more than an hour Tuesday afternoon as officers awaited a search warrant to enter the residence. Also handcuffed during the detaining process was Barbara Ann Burnett, 46, who was separated from Swift as police continued their investigation.
After Swift and Burnett were seen quietly mouthing words to each other for about 20 minutes, Burnett made an attempt to run away — while still handcuffed — but was quickly captured by authorities. She is being preliminarily charged with resisting law enforcement, according to Raney.
After obtaining and serving the search warrant on the home, members of the Indiana State Police’s Meth Suppression Section found materials used in the manufacture of meth in the residence, in its yard and in the garage, Raney said.
A 92-year-old woman was also in the home when officers arrived and was having trouble breathing, according to emergency dispatch traffic. She was given oxygen and taken from the scene, presumably by relatives. Emergency personnel at the scene said she would be OK.
Raney said he will also look into the possibility of pursuing neglect charges against Swift.
Local court records reflect a lengthy criminal history for Swift, who has recent convictions for driving while intoxicated (three times), leaving the scene of an accident, driving while suspended, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia and battery with injury.
Charges of driving while intoxicated and driving while suspended are pending against Burnett in Muncie City Court. She has no other recent convictions, according to court records.