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April 1, 2014

Four one-pot meth labs found in vehicle in Clarksville

Traffic stop yields three arrests

CLARKSVILLE — Four methamphetamine labs made from plastic soft drink bottles were found in a pickup truck during a traffic stop Tuesday, Clarksville police reported.

The vehicle was occupied by three people: Christopher Welch, 35, New Albany; Angel Hall, 29, New Albany; and Kasey McDonald, 21, Corydon, who have each been preliminarily charged with multiple felonies.

The arresting Clarksville Police Department officer said he pulled over the vehicle for failure to use a turn signal while turning onto Eastern Boulevard from the parking lot of America’s Best Inn and Suites about 1 a.m.

He said as he approached the vehicle, he could smell an emitting odor of ammonia.

Welch was the behind the wheel and the two women sat in the truck’s cabin, according to the officer. He said he noticed the women attempting to hide items under their feet and in the seat during the traffic stop.

The officer reported finding four one-pot methamphetamine labs, made out of 20-ounce bottles, in the truck. Two of the bottles contained active labs, and two had been previously used, but contained methamphetamine residue, according to police. A smoking pipe and two hypodermic needs were also discovered in the vehicle, police reported.

In the bed of the truck, police reported finding a cooler containing precursor items used to make methamphetamine.

Indiana State Police were contacted and responded to the scene to safely process and dispose of the materials.

Welch, Hall and McDonald were each preliminarily charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine, both class A felonies, and possession of precursors used for methamphetamine, possession of needle or syringe and maintaining a common nuisance, all class D felonies.

Each has been assigned Clark County Circuit Court No. 2 for their upcoming court dates.

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