3 Arrested On Felony Meth Charges

By Ian Hoover - 21Alive
By Jake Perrone - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

November 16, 2013 Updated Nov 16, 2013 at 9:05 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind (21Alive) -- Three people have been arrested and charged for the manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine.

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, the Fort Wayne Police Department was alerted by the Steuben County Sheriff's department that they believed a subject with a warrant for methamphetamine possession, Matthew Wayne Friedel, was at 636 Ridgewood Drive.

Officers were asked to stop and make an onsite arrest if the warrant subject, Matthew Friedel, was found. When officers arrived at the address Friedel came to the door and retreated back into the house upon seeing the officers. One of the officers reported seeing liquid running out from under the overhead garage door and a strong chemical odor.

Officers then forced entry into the residence in order to arrest the warrant subject. Upon entry they found two others inside, Veronica Grear of Fort Wayne and Jacob Colon of Freemont. All three subjects were removed from the premises where they were allegedly trying to dump chemicals used in the making of methamphetamine.

The FWPD Meth Suppression Team was called in to investigate the scene. The team reported finding an active Meth lab in the trunk of a vehicle owned by Matthew Friedel's mother. Also found were Meth precursors, Methamphetamine, and paraphernalia. This is the 60th lab investigated this year by the Meth Suppression Team.

All three suspects inside were arrested and charged with the Manufacturing and Possession of Methamphetamine, both of which are felony charges.

FWPD reports that the investigation is currently ongoing.

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