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ISP Troopers Dismantle Meth Lab Near Bloomfield
Updated September 30, 2013 8:01 AM | Filed under: Crime
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Larry D. Webb, Jr.

(BLOOMFIELD) - Indiana State Police troopers dismantled an active meth at a rural residence north of Bloomfield on Kelly Branch Road.

Two individuals are facing charges of manufacturing meth - one is already behind bars and another is wanted.

38-year-old Larry D. Webb, Jr., of 4442 East Kelly Branch Rd., Bloomfield, was arrested when officers arrived on the scene at the home around 1 a.m. Wednesday on a warrant in a case unrelated to this one.

Webb was convicted of receiving stolen property in connection with a theft from a Lyons home that occurred early in 2012. He was on probation, but a warrant was issued for his arrest after he violated this probation.

A criminal case involving the manufacture of meth was filed against him Friday and another warrant was issued for his arrest.

A warrant was also issued Friday for the arrest of Desiree Booker, age unknown, 5611 E. Washboard Rd., Bloomfield.

Webb and Booker were suspected of purchasing precursors used in the manufacturing process.

The two were under surveillance by ISP troopers. Troopers observed the two at several stores in Bloomington where they allegedly purchase precursors used in the making of meth. Troopers tracked them back to the residence on Kelly Road in Greene County.

The lead investigator, ISP Trooper Joshua Allen, and Troopers Jon Patrick and Kent Rohlfing were joined by Trooper Eric Russell and the four went to the home at 4442 E. Kelly Branch around 11 p.m. Tuesday.

When the officers pulled into the driveway and activated the emergency lights on one patrol vehicle, Allen reported Webb and Booker, who were standing in the driveway, both ran toward the house. Trooper Allen yelled, "State Police, Stop," but the pair kept running and Allen pursued Webb all the way into the bathroom of the house where Webb was allegedly pouring liquid from a bottle into a toilet.

Allen handcuffed Webb. Trooper Rohlfing located Booker. They also located two teens and two other adults - who were asleep in the home.

Allen says troopers were given consent to search the home and and vehicles.

Trooper Patrick conducted a video and audio interview of Webb on the scene and Webb allegedly admitted buying precursors, admitted manufacturing meth in the past, admitted he was planning to make more meth that evening and had already started the process, admitted he had poured Coleman Camp Fuel down the toilet, and also told troopers Booker had purchased a precursor for him to use that evening and numerous times in the past.

Booker did not cooperate with an interview.

Probable cause affidavits prepared by Trooper Allen and filed in both criminal cases include a long list of items commonly related to making meth. Troopers say they found and seized the items during the search. Items were allegedly found in Webb's bedroom in a closet and under the bed, in his vehicle, inside and behind a shed and in his pocket. Some of the items field-tested positive for meth.

Allen says Child Protective Services caseworkers were contacted to start an assessment regarding the juveniles that were in the home.

Both criminal cases were filed in Greene Circuit Court.

Booker is wanted on preliminary charges of dealing meth - manufacturing -- a class B felony, and possession of two or more chemical reagents/precursors with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance -- a class D felony.

Webb is scheduled to appear in court today for his initial hearing when he will be charged with: dealing meth - manufacturing -- a class B felony; possession of two or more chemical reagents/precursors with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance -- a class D felony; possession of meth -- a class D felony; and maintaining a common nuisance -- a class D felony.

Webb is currently being held at the Greene County Jail without bond.

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