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Meth lab busted

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Phillip C. Powell
A month-long investigation into the manufacturing of methamphetamine was capped early Wednesday morning as law enforcement officials made an arrest of a Clay County man.

Phillip C. Powell, 38, 822 W. Church St., Brazil, was arrested at approximately 4:50 a.m., following a search of his home.

"I think today went pretty well," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said.

Items from a methamphetamine lab were rounded up by members of the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team Wednesday following the arrest of a local man. [Order this photo]
According to officials, a methamphetamine lab was discovered in a garage on the premises.

In addition, nine firearms were located at the residence, as well as items consistent with dealing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Officials stated a search of the residence turned up "at least two prior incidents of methamphetamine manufacturing as well as chemicals and equipment needed for another clandestine methamphetamine laboratory."

Heaton said officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department had been gathering intelligence for at least a month regarding the operation. He added it remains an ongoing investigation and additional arrests could take place.

"He's the only one being charged at this time," Heaton said.

The Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team was called to the residence to assist with the cleanup.

Powell was arrested and booked into the Clay County Justice Center on preliminary charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine (a Class B felony), Possession of Methamphetamine (a Class D felony), Maintaining a Common Nuisance (a Class D felony), and Possession of Precursors (a Class C felony).

In addition, a warrant from Vigo County was also served on Powell for failure to appear on a prior charge of possession of methamphetamine.

At press time, Powell remained incarcerated at the justice center on a $25,000 cash-only bond.

Other agencies responding included the Clay City Police Department, Brazil City Police Department and Indiana State Police Department.

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Way to go CCSD, GREAT job to you and all other departments involved in this investigation and arrest!

-- Posted by mother of 3 boys on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 1:43 PM

great job getting another meth lab off the steets of brazil!!!

-- Posted by dbrown010 on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 4:27 PM

What a great article to read. Hope there's many more like them. Every arrest or meth lab bust is a blessing to Brazil and it's lawful residents!

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 5:16 PM

good job to all, but this guy 38 going on 70yrs old for sure

-- Posted by clycogrl on Wed, Sep 14, 2011, at 7:32 PM

its about time they bust some.! im tired of living in a town full of druggies and them not getting bust!

-- Posted by XxlilbeastxX on Thu, Sep 15, 2011, at 8:34 AM

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