- Manuel Akers, 42, arrested after meth lab found at 77 S. Madison St., in Bowling Green
By IVY HERRON
While looking for the source of a strong odor, officers from the Clay County Sheriff's Department searched two homes in the Bowling Green area Thursday night and located a meth lab and stolen property. Also, an undisclosed amount of drugs were confiscated.
After reports of a strong smell in the area of 77 S. Madison St. in Bowling Green, Deputy Josh Clarke and Sgt. Rob Gambil arrived in the area around 10 p.m. to confirm the odor as anhydrous ammonia.
The deputies discovered Manuel Akers Jr., 42, asleep in a car just feet from where a methamphetamine lab was located. Akers was detained and later arrested for dealing methamphetamine with the possibility of further charges as the investigation continues.
The Indiana State Police lab team was called in to dispose of the lab.
Roy Hancock, 54, the homeowner at 77 S. Madison St., gave deputies permission to search the property. A stolen four-wheeler was located and returned to its owner.
Deputies were also given consent by Scott Schiele, 41, to search his residence located at 91 S. Madison St. During the second search of the evening an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine and marijuana was confiscated.
More charges may be filed.
Other agencies assisting in the investigation included the Indiana State Police, an Indiana Conservation Officer and Trans-Care Ambulance.