Burglary report leads to meth arrests

Mug shots of Brandon J. Tritch and Jacob M. Heinz courtesy City of Auburn Police Department.
Mug shots of Brandon J. Tritch and Jacob M. Heinz courtesy City of Auburn Police Department.

AUBURN, Ind. (WANE)  Auburn police found an active meth lab and various meth-related items after responding to a reported burglary on Saturday night.

Auburn Police included this crime scene photo in the report on the meth lab arrests.
Auburn Police included this crime scene photo in the report on the meth lab arrests.

Officers got a warrant to search the apartment at the 700-block of Griswold Court after seeing several items used to make meth. The Auburn Police Department and the DeK

alb County Sheriff’s Department executed the warrant and the search yielded a one-pot meth lab, items used to make meth and other illegal narcotic related items.

Brandon J. Tritch, 22, and Jacob M. Heinz, 22, were arrested. This was the second meth lab in a week the Auburn Police Department has investigated.

Tritch faces the following charges:

  • Manufacturing methamphetamine within 1000′ of a public housing complex – class A felony.
  • Possession of methamphetamine – class D felony.
  • Possession of two or more precursors with intent to manufacture – class C felony.
  • Maintaining a common nuisance – class D felony.
  • Possession of marijuana, hash oil, salvia or synthetic marijuana – class A misdemeanor.
  • Possession of paraphernalia – class A misdemeanor.

Heinz faces the following charges:

  • Manufacturing methamphetamine withing 1000′ of a public housing complex – class A felony.
  • Visiting a common nuisance – class B misdemeanor.

The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Unit also assisted in dismantling the meth lab and processing the crime scene.

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