Indiana State Police discovered a meth lab inside a hidden space in a basement of a Columbus house Wednesday morning.
Trooper Stephen Wheeles, spokesman for the state police, reports that troopers gathered enough information during an investigation to serve a search warrant on the home in the 1100 block of California Street. Officers found the makings of a meth lab in the hidden space and found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia throughout the home. Child Protective Services were called in because a child had allegedly been in the residence
The home’s owner, 53-year-old Tony Gibson was arrested at his workplace on State Road 46. He is facing preliminary charges of dealing/manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, and possession of drug paraphernalia, Wheeles said.
The Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Suppression Team responded to the residence and assisted with processing the meth lab equipment. Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Columbus Police Department and the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.