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January 31, 2013

Meth lab found in New Albany home

Taser used to take man into custody

NEW ALBANY — A New Albany man was arrested after an active methamphetamine lab was found in his home.

Doug R. Henderson, 27, of 3943 Douglas Ave., attempted to flee from New Albany police officers, who had gone to his home Jan. 25 to serve an outstanding warrant on charges out of Clark County.

New Albany police reported that after officers arrived at Henderson’s home, one of the officers went to the rear of the residence and immediately smelled an odor commonly associated with an active methamphetamine lab.

The officer then peered through the rear windows to see if any people were in the home.

Henderson is reported to have then fled through the front door of the residence in the direction of a second officer.

The officer in front of the home identified himself as a police officer and commanded Henderson to stop. Henderson refused and began to flee on foot, police reported.

Henderson was quickly taken to the ground by the officer, but a struggle ensued, and the officer from the rear of the home approached and deployed a Taser into Henderson’s back.

Police noted Henderson then became compliant and was placed into custody.

Officers then noticed smoke coming from the home, as well as two dogs running loose in the residence.

One of the officers entered the home and saw an active methamphetamine lab in plain sight on the floor next to a bed.

According to the report, the lab consisted of a two-liter bottle containing a sludge-like substance, coffee filters, aluminum foil, glass jars topped with coffee filters, ammonium nitrate, paint thinner, Drain-O, a heat-plate warmer and open cold medicine packaging.

After discovering the lab, the officer immediately left the home out of fear of an explosion and contamination.

The Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team was notified to come process the materials.

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