UPD, ISP respond to meth lab near Ball State

<p>Ball State University Police and Indiana State Police responded to the area of North Reserve and West North streets for reports of a possible meth lab Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Indiana State Police removed the lab. <strong>Andrew Smith, DN Photo</strong></p>

Ball State University Police and Indiana State Police responded to the area of North Reserve and West North streets for reports of a possible meth lab Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Indiana State Police removed the lab. Andrew Smith, DN Photo

Police cleaned up a meth lab discovered near Ball State’s campus Wednesday afternoon. 

The Ball State University Police Department was called to the area of North Reserve and West North streets on reports of a meth lab in a dumpster. 

UPD Chief Jim Duckham said officers secured the area and contacted the Indiana State Police (ISP) to clean up the lab. 

“ISP responded and determined it was a starter kit for a meth pot,” Duckham said. “ISP removed it.”

Senior media strategist Marc Ransford said no arrests have been made and there are no suspects at this time. 

ISP Pendleton Public Information Officer Sgt. John Bowling said it’s not uncommon for other agencies to call ISP to clean up a lab due to the department's training and equipment. 

Due to how explosive and dangerous the possible labs can be, Bowling said people should not touch them or try to move them. If people see a possible lab, Bowling said they should contact their local police immediately. 

Meth labs are typically in bottles with a clear liquid and a white residue found at the bottom, according to Indiana Methamphetamine Investigation System. The bottles are often found inside of a bag, dumpsters or hiking trails.

Clean up methods can be expensive and the level of difficulty is dependent on the level of contamination of a property.  According to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, properties are often safe after the cleanup. 

To anonymously report suspected meth activity to the Indiana Methamphetamine Investigation System, call 1-800-453-4756. 

Contact Andrew Smith with comments at ajsmith15@bsu.edu or on Twitter at @AndrewSmithNews. Contact Gabbi Mitchell with comments at gnmitchell@bsu.edu or on Twitter at @Gabbi_Mitchell. 

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