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Nonexistent intruders lead to meth lab, police say

FORT WAYNE – A Fort Wayne was arrested Thursday on meth charges after calling out to a neighbor that he had two burglars trapped in his basement, according to city police.

Police were called to a home in the 4400 block of Weisser Park at 5:49 p.m. about an apparent burglary in progress. Officers checking the house for intruders found instead an active one-pot meth lab, a statement issued Friday by the police said.

James C. Francis, 24, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine possession of two or more precursors, maintaining a common nuisance, dumping controlled waste possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, the police statement said.

Police said there no evidence of any intruder or forced entry.

Officers from the Meth Suppression Unit located evidence of prior methamphetamine labs and the chemicals associated with methamphetamine production, the police said.

Paranoia is among the possible side effects of methamphetamine substance abuse.

This is the 55th methamphetamine lab investigated by the FWPD this year.

To learn more about the effects of meth, Frontline on PBS has information.

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