LOCKINGTON — A suspected meth lab was discovered during Tuesday’s marijuana eradication in the village of Lockington.
According to Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart, deputies and Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents found the 64 marijuana plants at 10320 Black Fox Trail, Because of the number of plants found, a search warrant for the residence was obtained. Once inside the residences, deputies and agents located a clandestine meth lab and approximately 100 times bulk amount of methamphetamine was seized.
No charges against Brett Edwards, 51, and Kelly Mossburg, 52, who also resides at the residence, have been filed.
“Shelby County Prosecutor Tim Sell wants all the lab results back before we present the case to the grand jury,” said Chief Deputy Jim Frye. “We have to dry out the marijuana and then submit it to BCI&I for weight and analysis. After that the case would be presented to the grand jury. This was a serious situation due to an active meth lab. We have to have trained agents come in for the cleanup and for the collection of evidence.”
The plants were discovered during the eradication, which included a BCI helicopter flying over the area. The plants were spotted by officials in the helicopter.
While the deputies and BCI agents were en route to the residence, a man was seen outside attempting to cut down the marijuana plants. After arriving at the residence, the man was identified as Edwards.
The street value of the marijuana plants was estimated at $128,000.
The case remains under investigation.