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Home raid nets meth, 3 arrests

In what has been a record-setting year for meth lab seizures, Fort Wayne police came across No. 60 early Thursday at a north-side house and arrested three people on felony drug charges.

Officers went to 636 Ridgewood Drive, near the fork of North Clinton Street and Coldwater Road, about 3 a.m. to find Matthew Friedel, who had a Steuben County warrant on a meth possession charge, police said.

Friedel, 24, came to the door, but when he saw police, he went into the garage. Officers went inside and discovered Friedel and two others, Jacob Colon and Veronica Grear, both 21, trying to dump chemicals used in making methamphetamine, police said.

In the trunk of a vehicle owned by Friedel’s mother, officers later found an active lab, the 60th of the year. The previous record for meth lab seizures was 34, set in 2011, according to police records.

Friedel, Grear and Colon were each booked into the Allen County Jail. Friedel faces charges of manufacturing meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance, meth possession and possession of meth precursors.

His bail was $60,000.

Colon, of Fremont, was charged with meth possession, manufacturing meth, possession of meth precursors and visiting a common nuisance. Grear, of the 3700 block of West Washington Center Road, was charged with manufacturing meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of meth precursors and visiting a common nuisance. They were both being held in lieu of $57,500 bail.