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FWPD arrests man on drug charges ... after he summons officers to his residence

Friday, October 25, 2013 - 8:19 am

A man has been arrested and charged with drug-related offenses ... after he reportedly summoned officers from the Fort Wayne Police Department to his residence, where an alleged meth operation might have led to induced paranoia.

The incident took place Thursday evening, according to a news release. FWPD officers were dispatched at around 5:49 p.m. to a residence in the 4400 block of Weisser Park Avenue to investigate a report of a burglary in progress.

The resident of the home, identified in the news release as James C. Francis, 24, reportedly called out to a neighbor that he had two people trapped in his basement.

However, when officers arrived and searched the residence, they found no evidence of any intruders, nor any signs of forced entry. They allegedly found an active "one pot" meth lab, which resulted in the summoning of officers from the Meth Suppression Unit. Member of that team allegedly found evidence of several previous meth labs, as well as chemicals associated with meth production.

The meth team neutralized the labs, while investigators believe there was never a break-in at the residence. The release states that paranoia is a common side-effect of meth use.

Francis is charged with Class B felony manufacturing of meth and three Class D felonies: possession of two or more precursors, maintaining a common nuisance, and dumping of controlled waste. He also was charged with two other misdemeanor drug offenses.

The release said that the FWPD has now investigated 55 meth labs this year.