Two SB officers taken to hospital after inhaling fumes from portable meth lab

Two South Bend Police officers were sent to the hospital today after they got within breathing distance of methamphetamine vapors.

One of the officers has been released from the hospital, while the other was admitted for observation.

Around 9:00 a.m. this morning police were called to a home in the 700 block of S. 34th Street in the River Park neighborhood.

“We were called approximately 8:55 on a suspicious vehicle call in the alley directly behind this residence,” said Capt. Phil Trent. “When we got there, we found a van; inside the van was a stolen moped.”

That led investigators into the yard where they found a blue back pack.

“When the officer opened the back pack because it just looked completely out of place, to be sitting in a yard by itself, she opened the back pack, was exposed to some vapors, they found a portable meth lab inside the back pack,” said Capt. Trent.

Officers also found some suspicious smells coming from the home, where they found five people and some animals inside.

Two of the occupants were taken in for questioning and one was eventually arrested.

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