A probation check led to the arrests of three Fountain County residents on drug related charges after police found inactive methamphetamine labs at two homes and an active meth lab inside a woman's purse in Kingman on May 8.
According to Fountain County Sheriff William Sanders, police were conducting a probation check at a residence at around 2 p.m. when they found materials used in the "one-pot" method of make methamphetamine inside.
The "one-pot" method uses a plastic beverage container or drinking bottle to combine several commonly available ingredients used to make the drug. Laws that regulate the sale of over-the-counter medications that contain ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, one ingredient of methamphetamine, have helped to curb traditional meth lab activity. But the one-pot method requires less of the ingredient and less space in which to "cook" it along with other ingredients used to make meth.
Sanders said that after discovering the inactive labs, police smelled ammonia, a telltale sign of methamphetamine, coming from a nearby mobile home and obtained a warrant to search the other residence.
Police served the warrant at approximately 5:30 p.m. and found several inactive "one-pot" labs inside. While there, police found a woman driving a vehicle near the residence with an active "one-pot" lab inside her purse.
Sanders said police suspected the vehicle contained a "rolling", or mobile meth lab after they smelled ammonia coming from inside the vehicle.
"That's a bomb waiting to happen," Sanders said. He said that in addition to the toxicity of the chemicals used in the one-pot method, the volatility of the reaction can cause an explosion if the container is jostled.
Police arrested Kayla Byers, 21, and Isaac Blankenbeckler, 32, both of Kingman, along with John Perry, 59, of Veedersburg on felony charges of manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine in connection with the searches.
Also responding to the scene were the Kingman Volunteer Fire Department and the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team.