(Batesville, Ind.) - A report of a stolen vehicle led to the discovery of a meth lab in Franklin County.
Last Saturday, February 9 a woman reported that her 1999 Nissan was allegedly stolen by her ex-boyfriend, 38-year-old Benny Flannery, of Batesville.
Indiana State Police and Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies located the vehicle and Flannery soon afterwards at the home of Dennis Mason, 58, on Pipe Creek Road in Batesville.
Flannery was caught after allegedly trying to run from police on foot. During the pursuit, he allegedly dumped several baggies containing what police to be methamphetamine.
Police then obtained a search warrant for Mason’s home. Inside they discovered a meth lab. The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Unit was called to assist in the lab’s removal.
Both Flannery and Mason are now behind bars. Flannery is charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Two or More Precursors, Dumping Chemical Waste, Possession of Paraphernalia, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Vehicle Theft, and Resisting Law Enforcement by Fleeing.
Mason is charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Two or More Precursors, Dumping Chemical Waste, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.