A report of trespassing in the Staunton area Monday led to the discovery of an inactive meth lab and arrest of two Vigo County men on various drug related charges.
The property owner called the Clay County Sheriff's Department to report seeing two men coming out of his woods near the intersection of C.R. 575 N. and the Cory/Staunton Road. Using his vehicle, the property owner blocked the men from leaving in a pickup truck.
First to arrive on the scene, Reserve Deputy Chris Robinson discovered Jason Thomas Barnes, 29, and Bradley Sean Goldner, 42, both of Terre Haute, sitting inside Barnes' 1998 Chevy pickup truck.
Reserve Deputy Benny Boes, Deputy Jason Frazier and Chief Deputy Doug Barr arrived to assist shortly afterwards.
After reading the men their Miranda Rights and placing them into custody, both men consented to searches by the officers. Barnes also consented to a vehicle search and told officers where to look for certain items in his truck.
In the back of the truck officers discovered a plastic container with active chemical generator residue inside it, scales, a custom designed brass nozzle and a hose that could be used to connect to an Anhydrous Ammonia tank. Inside the truck cab officers found 2.1 grams of methamphetamine and a crack pipe. A switchblade was also found within reach of the driver.
The Indiana State Police Meth Lab Team was called to the scene to verify the materials, which were determined to be parts of an inactive meth lab. The lab had stopped processing the drug methamphetamine, but chemicals used to generate the drug were still active. The evidence from the materials was processed by the ISP Meth Lab Team.
Officers searched the wooded area for other signs of a meth lab, but did not find any.
Barnes admitted ownership of the items during an interview with officers. He was arrested and preliminarily charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of a Switchblade Knife, Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Trespass.
During Goldner's interview, he said he was just a passenger in the truck and didn't know anything about the items. He was taken into custody and preliminarily charged with Trespass and a weapons charge for Possession of a Switchblade Knife, which was found in his back pocket.
Booked into the Clay County Justice Center shortly after 2 p.m., both men are awaiting arraignment. Barnes has a $25,000 cash bond, while Goldner has a $5,000 cash bond.
Further information is unavailable as of press time.