UPDATE: Neighbors react to massive meth lab uncovered in Rochester home

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Three people are facing multiple charges after a battery investigation turned into a massive meth lab bust.

It all unfolded around 6 a.m. Saturday morning when Rochester police were called to a home in the 900 block of Park St. where three men were reportedly attacking someone with a baseball bat.

When officers searched the house, they found evidence of an extensive meth-making operation, along with seven dogs, ranging from adults to small puppies - several appeared to be malnourished.

Fulton County Animal Control removed the dogs and the Indiana State Police Clandestine Laboratory Team responded to the scene to aid in the drug clean-up.

Police say the amount of drugs discovered inside the home was extreme.

Beverly Hile of Rochester was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a preschool, possession of an illegal drug lab within 1000 feet of a preschool, possession of methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a preschool, unlawful possession of a hypodermic needle, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.

Clifford Smith of Rochester was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a preschool, possession of methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a preschool, possession of an illegal drug lab within 1000 feet of a preschool, and visiting a common nuisance.

Catherine Heiden of Rochester was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a preschool, possession of an illegal drug lab within 1000 feet of a preschool, possession of methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a preschool, and visiting a common nuisance.

The investigation if still ongoing, with the chance for additional preliminary charges to be come down.


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