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A familiar smell caught the nose of an off-duty Noble County sheriff's deputy Sunday evening and led to the arrest of two men for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Sgt. Chris Moriarty was taking a jog on County Road 900 North near Rome City around 5:30 p.m. Sunday when he smelled the chemical odor typically associated with illegally manufacturing meth, according to a news release from the Noble County Sheriff's Department.

Moriarty summoned help, once he got to a telephone, and he and Deputy Sean Lundy went to the home to further investigate. The door was open and officers encountered homeowner Mark Heine Jr., 36 just inside the door. He gave them permission to enter and it was upstairs that Lundy found the second man, Justin Handshoe, 24, of Albion, in a bedroom with a suspected one-pot meth lab in his hand. Handshoe tossed the bottle out of the window and engaged in a brief struggle with Lundy before being handcuffed, the release said.

The one-pot lab that had been tossed out the window caught the grass one fire, the release said.

Handshoe and Heine were each charged it manufacturing meth, the release said.