TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - State police said it's one of the biggest labs they've ever seen. It was all happening in an east side neighborhood in Tippecanoe County Monday night.
After more than nine hours, deputies and troopers were still on the scene making the neighborhood safe.
Law enforcement was on the scene at 5610 Bluegrass Circle in the the Lexington Farms subdivision, just off State Road 26, about a mile east of Interstate 65.
Troopers brought out load after load of suspected meth, paraphernalia and precursors to make meth.
Some neighbors like Craig Scheurich don't seem to be shocked.
"I'm not really surprised. Some of the activity that has been going on, I'm glad they finally caught them," said Scheurich.
But Jake Spencer who lives across the street felt differently.
"It's kind of surprising. You never know where one could be I guess. Never really thought there was one over there," says Spencer.
But what gets more surprise is the news that, according to detectives, the lab caught fire Sunday.
"Really? I was working in the grass and I saw smoke by the front door. I thought maybe there was a grill there," said Spencer.
Spencer said there was no unusual smell or something else suspicious.
Deputies first arrived on the scene about 1:30 p.m. after the Department of Child Services got a tip about a 2-year-old child was possibly in danger in the home.
After a quick search, then with a search warrant, deputies took three people into custody, twin 22-year-old brothers Michael and Jonathon Pulley, along with Jonathon's wife Sara, 23.
Investigators said two other adults who lived in the home were not arrested.
"It was kind of looked past, just to pay bills so unfortunately that's a poor judgment but due to some other circumstances, we didn't arrest the homeowner," said Tippecanoe County Sgt. Andy Cree.
Deputies believe the lab used the one-pot method and had been in operation for about a year.
Troopers said it's one of the biggest labs using that method they've seen in the area.
While the location may surprise some, it doesn't surprise the sheriff's office.
"It's really all over. Meth is pretty rampant in the community," said Sgt. Cree.
"I've seen it enough on the news that it can be about anywhere," said Scheurich.
"I still feel safe overall. Just makes you think a little bit," adds Spencer.
The 2-year-old boy was in DCS custody Monday night.
Sgt. Cree said they got a tip recently about odd activity at that house, but there were few details.
He adds if you notice something unusual, report it to your local law enforcement agency, either directly to them or anonymously using the WeTip Hotline.
He also asks tipsters be be specific to specific. For example, get some license plate numbers of the cars that constantly going back and forth to help investigators determine if something criminal is going on.
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