A 50-year-old Elkhart man is being held in jail without bond after police say they found a methamphetamine lab in his car.

Police stopped a car driven by Robert Nelson in the area of Benham and Thorndale avenues for a traffic violation at 4:35 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, said Sgt. Chris Snyder of the Elkhart Police Department.Nelson-Robert

Officers smelled a strong chemical odor associated with the production of methamphetamine and got Nelson’s permission to search his vehicle.

During their search, the officers found a backpack in the car with smoke coming from it. A plastic bottle one-pot meth lab was inside the backpack, Snyder said.

The bottle was collected as evidence. The exact amount of methamphetamine in the bottle is unknown.

Nelson was booked at the Elkhart County Jail without bond.














  1. KC says:

    People ride bikes with smoking backpacks were I am. When they whiz by you, you can smell it. I’ve also been on mass transit when a guy with a smoking backpack got on and rode to his stop and got off as if nothing was amiss. Crazy!