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June 13, 2013

Meth lab found in abandoned New Albany home

Stolen vehicle located outside residence


Two arrests were made by New Albany police after responding to an abandoned home suspected of methamphetamine activity May 31.

Ricky S. Robb Sr., 47, of 317 W. Fifth St. in New Albany, and Alice Berryman, 49, of Marengo, were both found in the home along with an active methamphetamine lab, which was located under a bathroom sink, police reported.

When police arrived about 12:30 p.m. the home was clearly an abandoned property, as its electric box had been removed, the yard was not manicured and several large branches and debris were scattered about. The two responding officers also noticed there was no running water or electricity at the home.

“As [the officers] made their approach, a very strong chemical odor was detected near the front of the residence,” according to the affidavit. “Both [officers] immediately recognized the odor to be associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine.”

While examining the property, the officers reported hearing voices coming from inside the home.

Before trying to enter the home, additional officers were called to the scene to provide back-up.

With reinforcements in place, an officer knocked on the front door of the home and gave verbal commands for the home’s occupants to exit the residence.

No one came to the door, police reported, but one of the officers saw a male, later identified as Robb, through a window, but still no one exited the home.

Police then decided to force entry into the residence, and once inside directed Robb and Berryman to floor, and both were placed into handcuffs. No one else was found in the home.

“During the security sweep, officers located several items commonly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine in plain view,” according to the affidavit.

Robb told police that he did not know who owned the residence, but he had been staying there for about one month.

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