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INVESTIGATION: Traffic stop leads to meth lab, two detained

June 12, 2013

Columbia City Police Captain Tony Hively works the investigation after he initiated a traffic stop that led to an active methamphetamine lab Wednesday morning. Pictured on the road in front of Hively is the active, one-pot lab, and behind him is the suspect’s vehicle, a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott

COLUMBIA CITY — A routine traffic stop led to a drug investigation Wednesday morning, as Columbia City Police Captain Tony Hively discovered an active methamphetamine lab on his way to work.

Hively initiated a traffic stop on Ind. 205 near the Cider Mill Road intersection at approximately 7 a.m., and uncovered a one-pot lab in a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Charges pending, two unidentified suspects were detained. One was taken to the Whitley County Jail and the other was transported to Parkview Whitley Hospital for medical reasons.

According to Whitley County’s Drug Task Force, one lab was actively cooking in a soda bottle, and the suspects had begun mixing ingredients in another bottle for a second lab.

Several methamphetamine precursors were also found inside the vehicle.
Officials called on the Indiana State Police to dispose of the toxic items.

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