Police Chief Monte Vance reported on Monday at 11:17 p.m., the Danville Police Department, with assistance of detectives and two road units from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at 301 E. Ross St., Danville, in connection with a possible methamphetamine lab operation.

Methamphetamine was discovered in the home requiring neighbors in the immediate area to be evacuated from their homes for safety until the methamphetamine could be neutralized and disposed of. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office has a hazardous waste professional team that responded to the scene and neutralized and disposed of the methamphetamine.

Homeowner Eric Colvin, 33, was arrested and is currently in the Knox County Jail on a second-degree felony of assembly of methamphetamine. Jeffrey Middleton, 31, Danville, was arrested and charged with possessing drug abuse instruments. William Strouse, 22, Danville, was arrested on an active warrant out of Knox County Municipal Court.

The Knox County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing the case and additional charges may be forthcoming.

Vance said there were 11 law enforcement officers on the scene from the two law enforcement departments. In addition, there were several Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District personnel on scene with their equipment.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is a member of the CODE Task Force and the Danville Police Department is a member of the METRICH Task Force

Originally published in the Mount Vernon News on October 15, 2014.