Police: Man arrested after 'largest drug lab' discovered

Official: House ignited from meth manufacturing

LOGANSPORT, Ind. - Police arrested a Logansport man after discovering a large drug lab Sunday evening, authorities said.

Officials said John Rose, 65, left a house that caught on fire while he was making meth in the 500 block of West Linden Avenue on Saturday afternoon.

Rose left before the fire was extinguished, but firefighters said they observed several items associated with the manufacturing of meth, officials said.

Sgt. Tony Slocum said after the Logansport/Cass County Drug Task Force was called to investigate the possible meth lab, officials found over 100 one-pot cooking vessels, 155 HCL generators and over 20 fifty-five gallon bags of meth trash during the investigation.

“In my 15 years of law enforcement, I have never encountered a drug lab this large,” stated Deputy Pat Zeider. “We are fortunate no one was injured considering there were over 100 one pot cooking vessels and a house fire.”

It took officers more than 7 hours to collect all of the evidence, police said.

Sgt. Slocum said the evidence indicated that Saturday’s fire started from meth production and the house was a total loss.

Rose was incarcerated in the Cass County Jail on charges in connection with manufacturing methamphetamine.

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