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Alley meth lab bust leads to arrest of West Terre Haute man

Robert Couch
Vigo County Sheriff's Department

Robert Couch,33,of West Terre Haute,is in the Vigo County Jail tonight after being booked on charges connected with manufacturing methamphetamine.

The West Terre Haute Police Department requested the Indiana State Police investigate a report of a meth lab in the alley west of Fifth Street and south of Lee Avenue in West Terre Haute this morning.

According to information provided by Indiana State Police Sgt. Joe Watts, Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Troopers from the Putnamville Post investigated the labs found in the alley at 10:45 a.m. A search warrant for a camper trailer and pickup truck in the rear of 528 West Lee Avenue was issued based on the troopers’ information received from neighborhood tips.

“Upon executing the search warrant, troopers found numerous items associated with the production of methamphetamine,” Watts said.

Troopers found a black bag containing 10 “One Pot” reaction vessels and other meth lab paraphernalia at the scene.

Couch was arrested for items found in his trailer and pickup, but could not be connected to the lab found in the nearby alley, according to the report.

Charges include: Count 1: Manufacturing Methamphetamine 35-48-4-1.1 Level 5 Felony. Count 2: Possession of Methamphetamine IC 35-43-4-6.1 Level 6 Felony Count 3: Dumping Controlled Substance Waste 35-48-4-4.1 Level 6 Felony Count 4: Possession of Precursors IC 35-48-4-14.5(c) Level 6 Felony Count 5: Possession of Paraphernalia IC Code 35-48-4-8.3(b) Level 6 Felony Count 6: Illegal Storage or Transportation of Anhydrous Ammonia 22-11-20-6

The investigation was conducted by ISP Troopers Michael Organ, Adam Edwards, and Shilo Raulston. Officers from the West Terre Haute Police Department assisted.

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