Stolen car made into mobile meth lab
Police arrest three near Elkhart
Last Updated: 72 days ago
ELKHART, Ind. - Three people were arrested Friday after police discovered they were driving a stolen vehicle containing an active meth lab.
Trooper Gretchen Deal, a member of the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team, said she spotted an SUV rolling through a stop sign at the intersection on County Road 38 and County Road 11 just after midnight Friday.
Deal said as she approached the vehicle, two female occupants quickly exited, leaving a male inside. She then noticed a strong chemical odor typically associated with the production of methamphetamine coming from the SUV.
In talking with the driver, Heather Meador, 33, of Goshen, Deal discovered that Meador has a suspended driver's license, and that the SUV had been reported stolen out of Goshen. Meador and both passengers, Ashley Seabolt, 30, of Goshen, and Derek Dewing, 31, of Elkhart, initially claimed no knowledge of the meth officers later discovered in the vehicle.
Deal and another member of the clandestine lab team inspected the vehicle, ultimately removing an active one-post meth lab that was discovered under the driver's seat.
Dewing and Seabolt were arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine. Meador was arrested for driving while suspended, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of stolen property.
All three subjects were taken to the Elkhart County Jail.
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