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MIAMI COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Three people were arrested after police discover a meth lab that caught fire leaving the home filled with meth smoke while two children were inside.

A criminal investigation by officers from the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Team, led to the arrests of 37-year-old Aaron Vance and 35-year-old Wendy Walsh, both from Denver, Ind., as well as 30-year-old Arnold Bowen, of Peru, Ind.

ISP officers, with assistance from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, went to a home on W. Harrison Street in Denver early Thursday morning to serve a search warrant. When officers arrived at Vance and Walsh’s residence, they discovered a smoke-filled dwelling.

Investigators said Bowen was allegedly in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine in the home’s basement. Officers said Bowen made a mistake causing the meth lab to catch fire. The fire was extinguished prior to the arrival of law enforcement. ISP said they do not believe this was an attempt to destroy evidence.

While searching the home, detectives allegedly found methamphetamine, remnants of a methamphetamine lab and drug paraphernalia.

Two girls, ages 16 and 12, were inside the home at the time of the incident. They were checked for exposure to the meth smoke and released into the care of the Miami County Division of the Indiana Department of Child Services. Two officers and one deputy were treated and released for exposure to meth smoke.

Vance, Walsh and Bowen were taken to the Miami County Jail on preliminary charges.

Vance and Walsh face criminal charges for manufacturing methamphetamine, dealing methamphetamine, two counts for neglect of a dependent, possession of an illegal drug lab, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bowen faces a criminal charge for manufacturing methamphetamine.








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