Three people were arrested Friday after police discovered a meth operation in a northeast Indiana motel room with two young children inside, 1 and 2 years old.
Warsaw Police said officers were called to the Days Inn at 2575 E. Center St. and could smell a strong odor coming from one of the rooms. When someone inside opened the door, police reported, officers could see the children and items used to make methamphetamine.
The children were removed and placed with Child Protective Services, which took them to a nearby hospital, police said in a statement.
The chemicals in the room were so strong, police said, that the officers and the people in the room had burning eyes and throats. The motel room’s smoke and fire detector had been disabled, police said.
Five working meth bottle labs, finished meth and items used to make the illegal drug were found in the room and its refrigerator, Warsaw police said. The items included ammonia, fuel, sodium hydroxide and hydrochloric gas, police said.
Warsaw police arrested three people:
- Kristin Lea Foster, 25, of Columbia City, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, neglect of a dependent, conspiracy to deal in methamphetamine and possession of two or more chemical precursors with intent to manufacture a controlled substance.
- Brandon Lee Trumbell, 28, of Warsaw, was charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of two or more chemical precursors with intent to manufacture a controlled substance.
- Dirk Sheldon Bock, 40, of Kendallville, was charged with possession of methamphetamine.
The two infants are in the custody of authorities, police said, with a status hearing scheduled next week.
Deputies from the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.