Another meth lab investigation underway. This one was found early this morning, and leads investigators all the way to Indianapolis. It happened at a home along Stringtown Road, just off Diamond Avenue.
Sergeant Detective Dave Barron heads to Indianapolis to interview the suspect behind the areas most recent meth lab discovery. This time the 'meth next door' lands just next to a busy highway and a school, yards away. Evansville Police put their Meth Suppression Unit to use once more, this time at a home along Stringtown Road in a seemingly peaceful neighborhood. "The person that was renting the house was actually in the process of moving out. They went there and found the mess in the basement," says Sergeant Detective Dave Barron. According to police the home owner rented out the residence to her father who, she says, has a history with Methamphetamine. When the owner heard her father was in the hospital for burns she went to the home. The discovery in the basement queued her to call police. "If it's who we think it is, they were very upset yesterday, very upset." Sergeant Barron has not released the name of the suspect saying he will be questioned tonight. "The person of interest we are looking at, we found out he is in Indianapolis with burns up and down one side of his body. I'm going to Indianapolis to go interview him in the burn unit," says Sergeant Barron. He says the house had no electricity or running water. Investigators discovered a candle beside the meth lab along with two empty fire extinguishers, piecing together how the suspect possibly sustained his burns.
Only one person was injured, but the damage meth leaves behind can be haunting. This lab falls about one-thousand feet away from the Academy of Innovative Studies Campus. "Whether school is in session or not, there are probably kids living in the neighborhood around the contamination, around the trash that meth cooks tend to leave behind. Nobody wants their kids playing around that stuff." It's a problem continuing to get too close to home for family, schools, and even police. "For whatever reason we've just got way, way, way too much of it here."
Sergeant Detective Barron says the suspect is in stable condition for questioning, but will most likely have to undergo surgery for his burns. This matter is still under investigation.