LPD discovers meth lab and arrests three

Lafayette police found a meth lab at the Economy Inn in Lafayette early morning Thursday, May 1, 2014. (WLFI Photo)
Lafayette police found a meth lab at the Economy Inn in Lafayette early morning Thursday, May 1, 2014. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Lafayette resident Gary Port said its not uncommon to see police at the Economy Inn.

“I just see a lot of police cars come out of there a lot of the time. At least once or twice a week,” said Port.

Thursday morning police were called to the motel just off Sagamore Parkway once again.

At approximately 2:10 a.m. Thursday, the Lafayette Police Department were at the Economy Inn, 2200 Sagamore Pkwy N., attempting to serve a warrant to Room 78. But according to officers, when they arrived they immediately smelled a strong odor commonly associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Lt. Thomas Amos confirmed that an active meth lab was in the process of being manufactured. The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression team was called to the scene.

Amos told News 18 three individuals were arrested in connection with the active meth lab. Two occupants and the subject who rented the room were transported to the Tippecanoe County Jail.

Jeremy Richardson, 28, and Desiree Davis, 27, were arrested for possession and manufacturing of methamphetamine. Joseph Gia, 32, was arrested for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.

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A family staying in the room next to where the meth lab was discovered was evacuated. Port said he hopes the bust will encourage the owner to increase security of the property, but until then he said he worries about the safety of the neighborhood.

“I suppose if I had kids I’d be a lot more worried. I wouldn’t want to have children around here. It would make me feel kind of uneasy,” said Port.

The manager of the Economy Inn declined an interview with News 18.

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