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March 20, 2006

Miami pair busted in act of making meth

PERU — Two Miami County residents who were out on bond in one drug case are back in the jail after being caught manufacturing methamphetamine, according to authorities.

Detective Mike Rogers of the Miami County Sheriff Department said deputies arrested Kevin D. Smith, 30, and Amber R. Comp, 29, both of the 100 block of East Fifth Street, after finding them cooking meth in a garage in the 1000 block of West Canal Street.

Deputies and state police entered the garage about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The two attempted to flee while trying to destroy the clandestine laboratory.

Comp was arrested just outside the garage, while Smith was taken into custody after a brief chase. Deputies said he tried to throw the hazardous chemical mixture into the Wabash River, but neither the container nor the chemical compound made it into the water.

Both suspects later confessed to manufacturing meth and plans to sell it in the area. Each is charged with dealing and manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony.

Their bonds on the new charges are set at $100,000 each.

Both had been out of jail on bond on drug-related charges. Miami County Superior Court Judge Dan Banina revoked those bonds.

Rogers said Smith previously had been charged with dealing meth. Comp previously had been charged with possession.

He said Prosecutor Eric Huneryager and the Miami County Drug Task Force assisted deputies and state police in the investigation.

“We’re going to continue to combine our resources with other agencies and do our best to collectively interfere with the manufacture and distribution of dangerous drugs,” Rogers said.

He added that Indiana’s law requiring that pseudophedrine be sold from behind the pharmacists counter has helped slow down the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Pseudophedrine, an ingredient in many cold medicines, is used in great quantity to manufacture meth.

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