According to officials, in late August, deputies received information that methamphetamine was allegedly being manufactured on the property located at 14114 S. CR 550 W., Clay County.
The residence at the property, a singlewide house trailer with a garage, was the home of Michael G. Samm, 31.
Through a records check, officials discovered on July 25, 2011, Clay County Superior Court had issued a warrant for Justin McDonald, 26, in the form of a petition to revoke probation on prior charges of burglary, theft, residential entry and habitual offender.
Deputies received information that McDonald was at the residence during the early morning hours of Monday. Deputies were also informed there was an active methamphetamine laboratory on the property.
Law enforcement officials determined there were people inside the residence and asked them to exit, to which they refused. Deputies then set up a perimeter around the property and called for assistance.
As soon as assistance arrived, deputies attempted to retrieve a search warrant for the residence, garage and surrounding property, which was approved.
After a short time, William Ward, 28, Jasonville, and Amanda Wheeler, 33, Coalmont, exited the residence and were taken into custody on preliminary charges of Visiting a Common Nuisance and Resisting Law Enforcement.
An additional misdemeanor charge of Marijuana Possession was later added to Wheeler after a small amount of the drug was discovered in her purse during a search.
Officials learned Samm was still in the residence, allegedly in a rear room and several firearms were inside the home.
After continuing to make contact with Samm for approximately one hour, a distraction device, known as a flash bang, was thrown into the residence in the area where he was believed to be.
Only seconds after the device detonated, Samm exited the trailer and was arrested.
A deputy, however, was injured during the arrest. Officials are not releasing the name of the deputy at this time.
After entering the residence, officials discovered a scoped rifle lying on the floor in a bedroom Samm was alleged to have been hiding.
During a search of the property, an active clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was discovered as well as several inactive labs and necessary precursors for other labs.
They also located at least three previously active labs in the yard.
Samm was arrested and preliminary charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors, Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Resisting Law Enforcement.
Throughout the course of the incident, officials learned that McDonald had been at the residence earlier, but had left.
However, officials were informed he was at a different residence, located at 13720 S. CR 500 W.
Deputies arrived at the residence and found McDonald sleeping on the couch. They also located a rifle and small amount of marijuana.
McDonald was arrested on the warrant that had been issued as well as additional charges of Violent Offender in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of Marijuana.
Officials stated the investigation is ongoing and additional charges could be filed.
All four suspects remain incarcerated at the Clay County Justice Center while awaiting formal court proceedings. Wheeler and Ward were booked in on $500 bonds, while Samm and McDonald were booked in on $25,000 cash-only bonds (no 10 percent allowed).
Assisting in the investigation included the Clay City Police Department and the Indiana State Police Clandestine Methamphetamine Team.