According to information provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Steven R. Hauser, 43, Terre Haute, and Christopher T. Hauser, 35, Sullivan, were arrested on several preliminary felony charges related to manufacturing methamphetamine, including manufacturing methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug precursors, possession of anhydrous ammonia and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.
Shortly after 1 a.m., Saturday, a deputy discovered a vehicle parked in an area near County Road 600 West, just south of CR 600 South. When the deputy approached the vehicle to check on the subjects, a tank allegedly used to store anhydrous was in plain sight inside the vehicle, batteries and several precursors used in the manufacture of methamphetamine were on the dashboard and an active meth lab generator was on the passenger-side floorboard.
The Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team was contacted to dismantle the dangerous lab and process it for evidence.
Jail officials confirmed both suspects, who are related, remain in custody at the Clay County Justice Center on a $25,000 cash bond (with no 10 percent allowed) while waiting a formal case review by the Clay County's Prosecutor's Office and court proceedings.