Austin Police Make Arrest in Mobile Meth Lab Case

Posted at: 10/25/2012 11:32 AM
Updated at: 10/25/2012 1:17 PM
By: Dan Conradt

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Two Austin men face charges after police found a meth lab in the woods near a heavily-used recreational trail.

Police received an anonymous call early Wednesday about two young men on skateboards, carrying a portable meth lab in a backpack.

Officers found the men in downtown Austin and a search of the backpack turned up a bottle of drain cleaner, coffee filters and two packets of tin foil containing a substance that later tested positive for meth.

As police questioned the two men, they learned there was a meth lab in the woods just off a recreational trail behind the Hormel Foods corporate office in Austin.

Officers were unable to locate the lab, but one of the suspects later led them to the scene.

Members of the Southeast Minnesota Narcotics/Gang Task Force were dispatched to the scene and cleaned up items including lantern fuel, caustic soda and meth sludge.

Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger said there is no danger to neighbors or anyone using the recreational trail.

The two men were jailed, pending formal charges.