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BREAKING NEWS - Meth lab in Bristow lands Donaldson in jail

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By Vince Luecke

BRISTOW - A 32-year-old Bristow man was jailed Monday afternoon after state police investigating a possible methamphetamine lab discovered drug-making chemicals and supplies, troopers said.

Patrick Donaldson, 32, of 20648 Main St., was arrested at 4:15 p.m. and faces a Class B felony charge of manufacturing methamphetamine. He is also charged with possessing two or more drug precursors, possessing anhydrous ammonia in an unapproved container, possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance.

Donaldson was taken to the Perry County Jail and could make a court appearance Tuesday.

Indiana State Police Troopers Robert Gardner and Troy Fischer investigated the report of a possible drug lab in Bristow and allegedly discovered items and chemicals commonly associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

An Indiana State Police clandestine laboratory team dismantled the lab and disposed of the chemicals. "All of the chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine are dangerous by themselves, but are very dangerous when combined together in these makeshift labs," said Gardner

Fischer encouraged residents to report illegal drug activity to the Indiana State Police Marijuana Tipline at (888) 873-1694, the methamphetamine hotline at (800) 453-4756 or the Jasper Indiana State Police Post at (800) 742-7475. Callers do not have to give their names.