A dog bit a member of the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team while he was processing a crime scene Tuesday Morning.
At around 9:30 am deputies with the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department were in the process of serving a warrant for Stephen Clapp of Birdseye who was a no show at a court hearing on a charge of possession of methamphetamine and driving while suspended.
When deputies arrived at the Clapp home, they say there were several precursors for the manufacturing of methamphetamine in plain view both in the front yard and inside the residence. Authorities say they made contact with 56-year old Karen Clapp also of Birdseye and determined there had recently been meth manufactured in the home.
Police say they were initially given consent to search the Clapp property and that’s when deputies contacted the Indiana State Clandestine Lab team to process the residence.
Now while this was taking place authorities say one of Clapp’s dogs bit one of the lab team members.
The dog was not immunized and a search warrant for the Clapp’s property was obtained through the Dubois County Circuit Court.
The Dubois County Humane Society and Dogwood Clinic assisted in removing, boarding and feeding the dogs.
During the search, police found a one-pot meth lab, meth paraphernalia and an HCL generator.
Mrs. Clapp was placed under arrest and charged with a Level 5 felony count of dealing meth, Level 6 felony counts of possessing precursors with the intent to manufacture and maintaining a common nuisance, and misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals, harboring a non-immunized dog that injures a person and possession of paraphernalia.