Man and woman charged following meth lab bust


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A man and a woman have been charged with three felonies following a methamphetamine lab bust at a home just off Sherman Boulevard Thursday morning. Officers served a search warrant at the home at around 6:15 a.m. in the 800 block of Archer Avenue.

According to a press release from the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, Jesse Duane Webb, 36 and Jamie Michelle Derkatsch, 42 are currently in custody. Webb and Derkatsch have been charged with dealing/manufacturing methamphetamine, a level 5 felony with a $50,000 bond; maintaining a common nuisance, and unlawful possession of a syringe, both level 6 felonies each with $2,500 bonds.

The Allen County Sheriff’s Department Vice Team searched the home after receiving a tip about a possible meth lab, according the department’s spokesman Steve Stone.

Officers in hazmat suits were seen at the home with a police trailer and squad cars. A NewsChannel 15 photographer at the scene could see 2-liter bottles and chemical cans, both items used in the manufacturing meth.

According to Stone, the house was raided three times for various investigations.

Traffic is down to one lane on Sherman at Archer because of the investigation.

The Fort Wayne Police Meth Suppression Unit assisted the Sheriff’s Department and were called to clean up the active lab. The Allen County Board of Health, Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control, and Neighborhood Code Enforcement were also called to assist after the raid.