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July 23, 2009

Two arrested in meth lab bust

City street blocked off due to chemical smell

Two people detained in a drug raid this week remain in the Cass County Jail after a probable cause hearing this morning.

Judge Garrett Palmer in Cass Superior Court II ruled that law enforcement authorities had enough evidence to arrest 31-year-old Jamie Lee Mowery on a class B felony charge of manufacturing methamphetamine and 32-year-old Heather Louise Horning on a class D felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance.

Officers of the Logansport Police Department Tactical Team, the Cass County Drug Task Force and members of the Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section executed a search warrant about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at 207 E. Linden Ave., where they apprehended Mowery and Horning.

According to Sgt. Jim Klepinger, the task force had been conducting surveillance on Mowery, who was wanted on warrants for failure to appear in court.

Mowery is being held without bond because he is on probation for convictions of dealing cocaine and nonsupport of dependent child. Horning has a bond of $1,000 cash/$5,000 surety.

When serving the search warrant, officers found an active meth lab inside a vehicle parked near the residence. Because of an extreme chemical odor emitting from the vehicle, police say the entire 200 block of East Linden Avenue had to be closed for the safety of residents.

Inside the home, task force officers reportedly found the remnants of another meth lab, along with several precursors for making the drug. Officers also reported recovering several items used to package, sell and consume meth.

The Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team was called to process and dispose of the items. It took more than four hours to complete the clean-up.

Once the area was safe, the roadway and sidewalks were opened up for vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Mowery, who might still face prison time from previous felony convictions, is looking at up to 20 years in the Indiana Department of Correction, if found guilty. Horning, on the other hand, faces up to three years on a class D felony charge.

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