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Last updated on Saturday, February 21, 2009
(INDIANAPOLIS) - 39-year-old Lamar Taylor and his girlfriend, 25-year-old Tiffany Collette, have been charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and the charge is elevated to a class a felony because of the proximity of a school.
That school is across the street from the apartment building where they lived until the structure was gutted by a fire.
Investigators say the couple was cooking meth when it ignited.
Taylor burned his hands trying to put it out.
The fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage.
Marion county prosecutor Carl Brizzi says it's the first case he can recall in which a meth lab was found in an urban area.
The process creates a foul smell which leads meth makers to ply their illicit trade in more remote locations.
He's not taking the case as evidence of a trend, however.
Meth has been on the decline recently and cocaine remains the more common threat.
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