COLUMBIA CITY — A Warsaw man admitted guilt in Whitley County court Monday on charges related to a rolling methamphetamine lab that went out of control near Larwill in April.
Trever Hanlon, 36, pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court to included manufacture of methamphetamine, a Class B felony, possession of two or more “precursors,” or ingredients used to make the drug, a Class D felony and maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony.
According to the plea agreement, sentences imposed in these counts will be served concurrent with one another, and Hanlon is ordered to pay a $200 Drug and Alcohol Countermeasure fee.
According to a Whitley County Drug Task Force case report, officer William Brice received a radio call April 29, concerning a vehicle fire in Larwill.
Det. Gary Archbold and Brice responded, arriving at the corner of Ind. 5 and Old Trail road at 2:20 p.m.
Brice reported looking for evidence at the scene and discovering a broken pair of prescription glasses, a battery operated LED light and a black ball cap with a white emblem on the front.
Brice reported that witnesses claimed there had been two male occupants in the vehicle.
The fire was extinguished and further investigation discovered a blue duffle bag, containing precursors for methamphetamine. The Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Team was contacted.
After the owner of the vehicle was found, Brice reported the owner admitted he was the driver of the burned vehicle. He also admitted picking up Hanlon in a Warsaw store parking lot and driving toward Huntington.
According to a Whitley County Drug Task Force Supplemental case report, Hanlon admitted he started cooking methamphetamine in the vehicle as the owner drove. Hanlon would not say anything about the owner, claiming he would take full responsibility for everything.
Hanlon said he was holding the bottle when the explosion occurred, and the chemicals began burning his legs.
The report stated Hanlon and the owner then removed their shirts and attempted to use them to extinguish the fire.
In the report, Hanlon then stated he took the blue gym bag and threw it beside the tree, got back in the car, and attempted to head back home when the flames flared up again.
Hanlon is ordered to appear back in court for sentencing Sept. 24.