Suspicion of meth lab leads to Elkhart woman’s arrest

An Elkhart woman was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing meth.
Posted on July 20, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on July 20, 2013 at 11:50 a.m.

ELKHART — Police arrested an Elkhart woman after neighbors called on suspicion of a possible meth lab in the area.

Cameron Minnick, 35, was arrested Tuesday, July 16, on a preliminary charge of conspiracy to manufacture meth, a Class B felony, according to the probable cause affidavit filed for her arrest.

The fire department was called Monday at about 11 p.m. to 616 S. Eighth St. The fire department called the police department to investigate a house where a fire was suspected to have been caused by a meth lab.

Earlier that day police received a call from a neighbor suspecting that someone was manufacturing meth in the 600 block of South Eighth Street.

Upon arriving at the scene, police found a Gatorade bottle and a few Coleman Fuel bottles, which were collected to be tested.

After testing the bottles, police learned that the Gatorade bottle was used as a vessel to manufacture meth. One of the fuel bottles was found to contain meth.

The next day Minnick was pulled over and arrested on a warrant for driving while suspended.

At the police station, Minnick told police she was addicted to meth and that she has manufactured meth several times.

Minnick said she took a bag that had two bottles of fuel and a bottle with meth out of her residence at 610 S. Eighth St. when she was told the police were on their way. She said she left the vessel outside 616 S. Eighth St. While leaving the scene she also dropped the bag with the two bottles of fuel and her cellphone.

Minnick also admitted she left several items used for manufacturing meth at 610 S. Eighth St., including liquid fire, aquatic tubing, salt, cold packs and Sudafed.

Minnick was booked Wednesday, July 17, into the Elkhart County Jail on a $75,000 bond. A hearing has been scheduled at the Elkhart Circuit Court for Thursday, July 25.


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