MUNCIE — Four people were arrested at a downtown Muncie apartment Sunday afternoon after a methamphetamine lab was discovered.
Arrested were Heather R. Miller, 36, Bobby J. Strunk, 37, Joshua D. McClellan, 38 and Benjamin J. Nixon, 35, at an apartment at 619 N. Madison St. at 12:10 p.m. Sunday after being found with an active “generator” and meth precursors on the second floor of the residence.
An investigation into the location of Heather R. Miller, wanted in connection with a variety of charges including possession of illegal substances, led county officers to the Madison Street apartment where Miller was staying.
According to police, a ”burned marijuana” smell was emanating from the apartment while Miller was being questioned at the front door, prompting police to search the building for evidence of illegal substances.
Upon entering the apartment, a chemical smell consistent with meth cooking was apparent, and items commonly used to manufacture meth led police to the discovery of the active meth lab.
After chemical testing, state police confirmed Nixon had methamphetamine in his pocket at the time of his arrest.
All four suspects were preliminarily charged with dealing meth.
Four arrested after meth bust in Muncie apartment
MUNCIE — Police say a methamphetamine lab was found cooking in an apartment across the street from a Muncie church in the middle of its Sunday school services.
The incident was reported just after noon Sunday at an apartment at 619 N. Madison St., where Delaware County sheriff’s deputies were reportedly looking to serve an arrest warrant on Heather Renee Miller, 36.
According to a probable cause affidavit, police were greeted by Miller at the front door of her apartment, which was emitting a “strong odor” of marijuana. As she was taken into custody, Miller requested officers take her upstairs to put on some shoes, and when they got to the second floor, they found three men: Joshua D. McClellan, 38; Bobby J. Strunk Jr., 37; and Benjamin J. Nixon, 35.
Upon clearing the apartment of other possible occupants, police reported finding an active methamphetamine lab, as well as “materials … consistent with manufacturing methamphetamine” in a room upstairs.
The Indiana State Police’s Methamphetamine Suppression Unit was called to the scene to properly dismantle and dispose of the meth materials. The incident occurred while The Ambassador’s of Christ church was conducting its Sunday school services across the street, Deputy Anthony Johnson wrote.
According to court documents, all four of the subjects inside the house had purchased pseudoephedrine – the key ingredient in meth – at least once this year.
When interviewed by police, Miller allegedly admitted she was “attempting to cook a batch of meth” on Sunday, but “she wasn’t able to get the meth to ‘cook off.’” She’s preliminarily charged with dealing and possession of meth, possession of meth precursors, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of a syringe and possession of marijuana.
McClellan, 1808 S. Mulberry St., is preliminarily charged with dealing in meth and visiting a common nuisance. According to the report, McClellan allegedly told officers he had purchased pseudoephedrine because he was sick, but police noted the pack in his possession had not yet been opened. McClellan said “he was so sick that he was not able to take the tablets because he ‘went to sleep’ after he bought the pills,’” Johnson wrote.
Nixon, 1920 E. DePauw Ave., is preliminarily charged with dealing and possession of meth, possession of marijuana and visiting a common nuisance. He allegedly admitted to police he had purchased pseudoephedrine and went to Miller’s apartment “for an hour while (they) produced methamphetamine.”
Strunk, 11613 W. Ind. 28 in Redkey, is preliminarily charged with dealing in meth and visiting a common nuisance. According to the report, Strunk allegedly admitted he had used meth and purchased pseudoephedrine recently to make meth, but denied being involved in the production of meth Sunday.
Miller (no bond), McClellan, Nixon and Strunk ($50,000 bonds) were each being held Monday at the Delaware County jail.