2 arrested after meth labs found in Clarksville, Ind.


by Johnny Archer


Posted on August 26, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 20 at 5:22 PM

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. -- Clarksville police made two arrests Monday morning in connection to a meth operation that was found in two different locations.

“It’s terrifying it can happen anywhere,” said Karen Kaiser, who lives in the Old Town Village Apartment Complex. “You don’t really feel safe this morning knowing that this happened right here.”

Police found a pickup truck used as a mobile meth lab sitting in the parking lot of the Old Town Village Apartment Complex, just several feet away from where residents were sleeping.

“They [police] were worried about glass blowing in if there was an explosion,” said Bob Lega, who lives in the apartments.

Six units were told to evacuate their homes around 3:00 a.m.

“I guess I’m in disbelief,” said Lega. “But I’m more curious than worried about it.”

Inside the pickup truck, police found Donald McKim, 47, and an active meth lab. After police questioned him, McKim told investigators he had another meth operation at the Americas Best Inn about a mile away from the apartments.

Inside the motel, police found Deborah Andres, 32, along with more ingredients and materials used for making meth. The surrounding motel rooms were evacuated as well.

Back at the Old Town Village Apartments, Indiana State Police assisted in the case by using special protective gear and gas masks to collect evidence from the pickup truck.

“I’ve been here 26 years and this is the first one,” said Frank Ernest, who is referring to hearing about a meth lab in his neighborhood.

McKim and Andres were both arrested and face several charges including manufacturing meth and possession of meth. They were taken to the Clark County Jail.