New Database Shows Homes, Vehicles Where Meth Labs Operated
By Mike Perleberg
(Versailles, Ind.) – Is your recently purchased home or vehicle a former meth lab?
That question can be answered using a new website introduced by Indiana State Police Tuesday following a ceremonious signing of House Bill 1141 by Governor Mike Pence.
ISP Meth Suppression Commander F/Sgt. Niki Crawford called the law establishing the public database website a victory for everyone involved.
“This project has been over a year in the making, and we are pleased that Representative Wendy McNamara and Senator Randy Head worked with us and the other entities involved to pass this legislation that protects Hoosiers from the dangers posed by meth lab contamination,” said Crawford.
The database can be found at www.IN.gov/meth and click on “Clan Lab Addresses”. It lists lab locations discovered by police at properties dating back to 2007. Vehicles that housed mobile meth labs appearing in the listings date back through 2013.
Most of the properties listed include a link to a report indicating what type of meth lab was at that location, what chemicals were present, and what room or rooms the lab was located in. For vehicles, the vehicle ID number is shown in the report.
The website lists more than 80 past lab sites or mobile labs in Ripley County dating back to 2007. Franklin County was the next closest with 45 properties. Switzerland County had 15, Dearborn County 13, and Ohio County three.
State police say that if it has been disclosed through a real estate transaction that a clan lab was on the property for sale but it is not listed on the website, contact the ISP Meth Suppression Section at 317-234-4591 or within Indiana 1-877-MSS-METH. ISP can determine if the property was delisted after cleanup or if a lab was never reported to the Indiana State Police for that location. Occurrence Reports will be available from ISP and Cleanup Certificates will still be available from IDEM for those delisted properties.